Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Fine Arts, Alumnus)

Last Life in the Universe, (2003)
Photo Courtesy Palm Pictures

The fourth film from Ratanaruang, one of Thai cinema’s leading “new wave” auteurs, follows the days of a suicide-obsessed Japanese librarian living in Bangkok. Chuck Stephens of Film Comment magazine said the film propelled Ratanaruang “into the ranks of the most consistently innovative filmmakers working anywhere in the world.” The film won the 2004 International Critics’ Prize for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and the Grand Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival.