Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Q&A with JBFC Artist-in-Residence Chantel Clark

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave—the birthplace of his first life.

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Q&A with JBFC Artist-in-Residence Chantel Clark
Thursday, May. 26 2022, 7:00
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Chantel Clark is a South African director and screenwriter working between Cape Town and New York. An MFA graduate of the Film Program at Columbia University, her short film, Our Albertinia, was awarded a 2018 National Board of Review Student Grant, as well as the inaugural Columbia University/Big Sky Edit Visionary Award and screened at over 25 international film festivals. She is also the recipient of a Katharina Otto-Bernstein Thesis Film Fund Grant and was selected for inclusion in the ASCAP Foundation 2018 Film Scoring program in collaboration with Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Production and her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Television Drama from the University of Cape Town. Chantel is also an ambassador for Girls in Film South Africa.

She is currently developing two feature films, Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces), which was selected for the Sundance Institute’s January 2019 Screenwriters Lab, IFP's 41st IFP Week Project Forum, and was made a SFFILM Spring 2019 Rainin Grant Finalist, and A Place Called Paradise, both set in South Africa.

Experimenting with time and collective memory, Chantel’s films exist at the intersection of the supernatural and the speculative. Framing fiction through historical research, her narratives play out parallel to significant turning points in South African History.


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