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Tropical Malady at 92YTribeca or WATCH IT NOW

As the decade winds to a close and I begin the nerdily fun process of making a pile of ‘best of’ lists, I’m confident that Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady will show up when everything has been finalized. Tropical Malady is a haunting fever dream of a movie, in which Weerasethakul uses a bifurcated narrative to convey both the external and internal swells that swallow one’s heart when in love. Tropical Malady is so open to interpretation that it will confound many viewers, but I connect with Weerasethakul’s achievement on a primal level and it always leaves me deeply shaken.

Tonight’s installment of the Queer/Art/Film series at the 92YTribeca, co-curated by BUTT Magazine co-editor Adam Baran and filmmaker Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), is presented by artist Angela Dufresne. Go here to buy tickets and learn more.

Better than that, if you aren’t in New York City, no worries. You can add Tropical Malady to your Netflix queue or watch it online, right now, over at The Auteurs.

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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