Thursday, May 31 | 7:30 pm
A mysterious sleeping sickness infects a group of soldiers in remote northeastern Thailand. As they convalesce in a temporary clinic housed in a former school, past and present, waking state and dream all become indecipherable. For followers of Apichatpong’s work, Cemetery of Splendor is familiar both in its medical subject matter and its exploration of the experience of sleep—signature concerns that find their expression in a narrative that recognizably combines the folkloric with the surreal, the eerily beautiful and the scatological. It also represents a new direction, with its allusions to the Royal Army’s 2014 coup d’état suggesting a more political form of filmmaking from the Thai-born director. Cemetery of Splendor was cited as one of the year’s best by prestigious international film magazines, Sight and Sound and Cahiers du cinéma.
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul | 2015 | In Thai with English subtitles | 122 minutes | NR | Blu-ray