Cemetery of Splendor (Rak ti Khon Kaen)

Feature Film | TH, GB, FR, DE, MY 2015 | 122' | Subtitled German

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.

Director
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Script
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producers
Charles de Meaux, Simon Field, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Keith Griffiths, Michael Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Photography
Diego García
Editor
Lee Chatametikool
Sound
Richard Hocks, Kaikangwol Rungsakorn
Principal Cast
Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, Jarinpattra Rueangram

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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)