Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, 2015, 122 min). We proudly present the Boston premier of this slow-burning fantasy from the director of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. In Weerasethakul’s new film, soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. There may be a connection between the soldier’s enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. On another level, this film comments on the governmental suppression of the working class in rural Thailand – and the dream, or delusion, of freedom that makes this subordination possible.

Thai with English subtitles.

Film Notes by Katherine Irving