Labor, Class, Desire: A Screening of Alain Guiraudie and Apitchapong Weerasethakul  

Labor, Class, Desire: A Screening of Alain Guiraudie and Apitchapong Weerasethakul


Alain Guiraudie, That Old Dream That Moves (still), 2001. 

Labor, Class, Desire: A Screening of Alain Guiraudie and Apitchapong Weerasethakul  

Admission starts at $5

January 12, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Thursday, January 12 at 7pm for Labor, Class, Desire, a screening of Alain Guiraudie’s That Old Dream That Moves (2001), preceded by Apitchapong Weerasethakul’s Mobile Men (2008) . 

Openly gay, devoted to the image of the everyday of working-class people from rural parts of the south of France, Alain Guiraudie maintains a singular and unique voice in contemporary moving-image art.  His 2001 breakthrough film That Old Dream That Moves, hailed by Jean-Luc Godard as the best film that year, is a drama about the impenetrable mysteries of desire and the concrete facts of social reality. This screening presents a vitality-infused counter-narrative of labor and relationships, queering the dominant representation of the working class.

Apitchapong Weerasethakul, Mobile Men (2008, 3 minutes)
Following the 2006 military coup, a number of governmental decrees have made it unlawful for the migrant workers arriving in Thailand from Burma, Laos, and other neighboring states to go out at night, carry mobile phones, or ride motorbikes. In his three-minute video commissioned by Art for the World, a UN-aligned NGO, Weerasethakul focuses on two young migrant workers sitting in the back of a moving truck, shooting each other with a handheld camera. Weerasethakul describes his film in these words: “In my recent short film, the main actor is played by a migrant worker from Shan state in Burma named Jaai. The shooting of this film provided me with a great opportunity to learn from his stories. He is one of the lucky ones who have decent jobs and is content with his new living conditions. But there exist many others who are still living in the opposite circumstances. This film project, Mobile Men, is a portrait of Jaai. By the act of making the film, I would like to instill and capture his confidence and dignity. It is not about storytelling, but about a man who is full of life.”

Alain Guiraudie, That Old Dream That Moves (2001, 51 minutes)
That Old Dream That Moves is chronicle of the last days of a factory that is about to shut down. Among the workers forced to idle away until the end of the week, Jacques, a young technician, is busy dismantling a sophisticated machine while, without noticing, turning on some of the men around him.

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Film, Labor & Work, Sexuality & Eroticism, Migration & Immigration, Human and Civil Rights
Class, Queer Art & Theory

Alain Guiraudie (b. 1964) is a French film director and screenwriter. His films are characteristic of a mix of surrealism and social commentary, with a particular focus on gay life. Born into an agricultural family in the Aveyron region of France, he developed an interest in film through a steady diet of comic books, television, and genre films. After studying at the University of Montpelier, Guiraudie wrote several novels before switching to filmmaking. Guiraudie’s films have received numerous nominations in various festivals, and his feature film Stranger By the Lake was awarded by the Un Certain Regard Best Director and Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in 1970 in Bangkok and raised in the north-eastern Thai city of Khon Kaen. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine, which he founded in 1999. With Gridthiya Gaweewong, he founded the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival in 1997, and presented it three more times through 2008. His work has been presented widely in art and film contexts internationally, including the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), Liverpool Biennial (2006), Busan Biennial (2004), the Istanbul Biennial (2001), and in solo and group exhibitions at art spaces all across the world. Weerasethakul’s 2009 film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, won a Palme d’Or prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.

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