Public Event

The Varsity presents Thai film “Uncle Boonmee”

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Date(s) - 09/27/2018
7:00 pm

The Varsity Center



The woods are inhabited by spirit animals in ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,’ playing at The Varsity on Sept. 27 as part of the Art House Film Series.

CARBONDALE – The Varsity features the Cannes-winning film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is a unique tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long-lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life.

In 2010, a jury led by American Director Tim Burton declared “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” the winner of the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Thai film to ever win the Palme d’Or. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times calls the film “mysterious and lovely!”

The Varsity will show “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 13. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students, available in advance at

Tickets also will be available at the venue on the night of the show when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.

“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is not rated. Watch the trailer here:

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