Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, 2015, 122 min). We proudly present the Boston premiere of this slow-burning fantasy by the visionary 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. Jen befriends a young medium, Keng, who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones to communicate with the comatose men. Doctors use an experimental colored light therapy to ease the patients’ troubled dreams. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ 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.
In Thai with English subtitles.
Film Notes by Katherine Irving