Cemetery of Splendor
Mar 18 - Mar 24
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015, Thailand, 122 min)
Plus, screenings of Mekong Hotel on March 18th & 24th.
Please join us for post-screening drinks and discussion hosted by film writer Jay Kuehner at the Cloud Room on March 24th!
With his unparalleled grasp on the mysteries of memory, dream and myth, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is considered a leading voice in world cinema. His latest begins when 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 young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. 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.
The Seattle premiere of the film will be accompanied by two screenings of Mekong Hotel, Apichatpong’s rarely screened 2012 feature.