Sakamoto’s async presented by Weerasethakul


For one night only, visionary Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be in attendance at 7 Ludlow to honor the late Ryuichi Sakamoto—a dear friend and collaborator—with a special tribute screening of Apichatpong’s 2017 short aysnc - first light, a deeply moving joint work from Apichatpong and Sakamoto, which was launched in conjunction with the release of Sakamoto’s 2017 acclaimed album by the same name, and which features close friends, amongst them Tilda Swinton, recording themselves whilst they fall asleep. The film screens alongside the three titles that would go on to win the async short film competition: Sandup Rongkup’s In a Happy Place (chosen by Apichatpong), Mikhail Basov’s Poetry of Banality (chosen by Sakamoto), and the Audience Award-winner, J. K.Wang’s Shosho ni mitsu.

Following the screening, an async surround album-listening event will take place for the first time ever in the United States. From inception, Sakamoto had envisioned a surround-sound version of his 2017 album. This expanded surround version, created in collaboration with Shiro Takatani, poignantly brings that vision to life, playing inside the theater, in 5.1 channel surround sound.