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Tuesday, December 4, 2001
7:30 p.m. Mysterious Object at Noon
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, 2000)

(Dokfa nai meuman). "Big tuna is coming," a fishdealer promises early on in Weerasethakul's deceptively straightforward film. But what follows seems to be a whopper of a fish story. Shot in ethnographic style, incorporating apparent first–person testimony, Mysterious Object at Noon soon takes a turn into sci–fi storytelling, as various Thai citizens spin a collective yarn about a disabled boy, his teacher, and a magical glowing whatsit. The story is in turn performed by actors. Or, Weerasethakul's film is a documentary about a disabled boy and his teacher, about whom various villagers spin fantastical yarns involving shifting identities and a small spherical object, which is not a part of the fish truck, if you know what I mean...—Michael Sicinski

"An oddball combination of laid–back naturalism, avant–garde tomfoolery, and summer–camp hijinks."—Mike D'Angelo, Time Out New York

• Conceived, Edited by Weerasethakul. Photographed by Prasong Klinborrom. With Somsri Pinyopol, Kannikar Narong, Duangjai Hiransri. (83 mins, In Thai with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From the artist)