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by Apichatpong Weerasethakul


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.

international title: Cemetery of Splendour
original title: Rak ti Khon Kaen
country: Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Malaysia
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
film run: 122'
release date: FR 2/09/2015, DE 14/01/2016
screenplay: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi
cinematography by: Diego García
film editing: Lee Chatametikool
art director: Pichan Muangduang
producer: Hans W. Geißendörfer, Simon Field, Charles de Meaux, Keith Griffiths, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Michael Weber
production: Illuminations Films, Anna Sanders Films, Match Factory Productions, Geissendoerfer Film & Fernsehproduktion KG, Kick the Machine, Astro Shaw
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Noucinemart


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2015Un Certain Regard
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015
Vienna International Film Festival 2015

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