In his first feature film following his Golden Palm winning picture, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010), Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul demonstrates once more that he is one of world cinema’s most independent filmmakers. His lyrical, dreamlike films exert a hypnotic pull viewers find all but irresistible. For the shooting of CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR, he returned to the North of the country, to Khon Kaen, the town he grew up in. His installations and short films of the past few years have repeatedly focused on the Isan region’s violent history. In CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR, as in all of Weerasethakul’s films, the spirit world and real world are not separate realms. Soldiers in treatment at a hospital are afflicted by a strange sleeping sickness. Is there any connection between their condition and the fact that the hospital was built on an old grave of Thai kings? A medium is able to read the dreams and memories of the soldiers, and relates them to their families.
Cemetery of Splendor (Rak ti Khon Kaen)
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Selected filmography Apichatpong Weerasethakul
MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (2000), BLISSFULLY YOURS (2002), TROPICAL MALADY (2004), UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010)