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Apichatpong Weerasethakul receives Prince Claus Award in Bangkok

On Tuesday 13 June, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr. Karel Hartogh presented the Principal Prince Claus Award to Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the Ambassador’s residence in Bangkok. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970, Khon Kaen) is an artist and a leader of Thailand’s independent cinema movement.

In his speech,  HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh reflected on the ceremony as a special occasion: “I am saying ‘special’ as this is a truly special occasion. Our Embassy in Bangkok is very lucky and honoured that Khun Apichatpong was chosen by the Prince Claus Awards Committee as last year’s Principal Prince Claus Laureate for his extraordinary achievements, which make him the first Thai Prince Claus Laureate.”

Furthermore, HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh welcomed the decision of the Prince Claus Awards Committee to select Weerasethakul as the Principal Prince Claus Laureate. He praised Weerasethakul’s “masterpiece of 2009”, A Letter to Uncle Boonmee, which was screened during the event.

The Ambassador also quoted the Awards Committee, stating, “The committee awarded himfor the visual richness, spiritual lyricism and intellectual depth of his provocative works, for his subtle yet powerful examination of the Thai realities that resonate beyond his own society, and for inspiring others by remaining uncompromisingly true to his own vision and principles”.

In his acceptance speech, Apichatpong commented on the award as an encouragement to ‘continue and be humble’, with the hope that ‘with more voices, there will be more tolerance, and more freedom.’

The Prince Claus Fund’s Programme Coordinator Awards Fariba Derakhshani also spoke about the role of the Prince Claus Awards to ‘acknowledge the exceptional work of people who make a real difference.’

For photos of the celebration in Bangkok please click here

Apichatpong Weerasethakul receives Prince Claus Award in Bangkok

"This is a truly special occasion"

HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh

Apichatpong  Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970, Thailand), filmmaker en kunstenaar

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is kunstenaar en leidende figuur in de onafhankelijke film in Thailand. Met zijn hypnotiserende esthetiek en vernieuwende non-lineaire verhalen behandelt hij op subtiele wijze complexe maatschappelijke kwesties. Via zijn bedrijf Kick the Machine Films zet hij zich in voor de experimentele en onafhankelijke cinema in Thailand. Het werk van Apichatpong Weerasethakul zal in september 2017 te zien zijn in het Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Rapport Prins Claus Prijzen Commissie 2016 hier

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Speech by HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh on the occasion of the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award ceremony to Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 June 2017.

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Speech by Prince Claus Fund Programme Coordinator Awards Fariba Derakhshani on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Principal Prince Claus Award to Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 June 2017.

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Speech by 2016 Principal Prince Claus Laureate Apichatpong Weerasethakul on the occasion of the presentation of the award in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 June 2017.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul receives Prince Claus Award in Bangkok

On Tuesday 13 June, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr. Karel Hartogh presented the Principal Prince Claus Award to Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the Ambassador’s residence in Bangkok. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970, Khon Kaen) is an artist and a leader of Thailand’s independent cinema movement. In his speech,  HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh reflected on the ceremony...

 
 
 
 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul receives Prince Claus Award in Bangkok

On Tuesday 13 June, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr. Karel Hartogh presented the Principal Prince Claus Award to Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the Ambassador’s residence in Bangkok. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970, Khon Kaen) is an artist and a leader of Thailand’s independent cinema movement. In his speech,  HE Ambassador Karel Hartogh reflected on the ceremony...