Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970) is a Thai film director, writer, and installation artist who works outside the strict Thai studio system. His feature films include Sud pralad [Tropical Malady] (2004), Loong Boonmee raleuk chat [Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives], winner of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize, and Rak ti Khon Kaen [Cemetery of Splendour] (2015). His films experiment with the dramatic plot structure of Thai television, radio programs, comics and films. He often uses improvised dialogues and non-professional actors, exploring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. His company Kick the Machine, founded in 1999, actively promotes experimental and independent films.