Apichatpong Weerasethakul in person for Q&A on May 5

A mesmerizing and sensuous meditation on love and desire, Apichatpong’s second (and first fully fictional) feature film established him as one of world cinema’s most essential talents. The plot follows a romance between a Thai nurse and her boyfriend, an illegal immigrant from Myanmar, who go on a jungle picnic—with an older woman whom they both seem to know in hot pursuit. The tranquility of their date, enveloping and tender as it may initially seem, slowly recedes to reveal a more complex emotional picture, one marked by Apichatpong’s sophisticatedly low-key and true-feeling approach to rendering human desire. Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.