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Cemetery of Splendour (IN TRANSLATION SERIES)

  • Starring: Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, Petcharat Chaiburi
  • Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Language: Thai
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 122 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Synopsis: 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 coloured 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.

In Translation Series

May 29 & 30 - Embrace the Serpent

June 5 & 6 - Cemetery of Splendour

June 12 & 13 - Rams

June 19 & 20 - Sweet Bean

June 26 & 27 - The Clan

"If you haven't seen a Weerasethakul film yet, here's a good opportunity, but leave your expectations at the door. There's no one like him."
- G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a vision that can make his movies, and especially this one, seem both inscrutable and strangely gratifying, and the experience of watching it is like dreaming with your eyes wide open."
- Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"This is the same wondrous journey on which Apichatpong sends his audience: inwards and downwards, to a place where the simplest rhythms of everyday life become hallowed and mythic."
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Weerasethakul films the Thai landscape and village spaces, their tones of light and color, with a poised and painterly eye, keeping the camera still and the action quiet as if to invite elusive spirits to inhabit the image."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"[Joe's] latest film is as enveloping as anything he’s ever made: a work that’s as darkly comic on subjects as specific as hospital regulation as it is sober-minded about perils as universal as comfortable living, one open to the possibilities of spiritual awakening while confronting us with questions of belief."
- Nick Newman, The Film Stage