Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Jun 2016 – 30 Jun 2016
★★★★★ "Captivating, utterly distinctive. Something sublime." The Guardian
★★★★ "Strange swooning dream. Wonderful" The Times
★★★★ "A gentle whisper of a film, this is the work of a master." Time Out
As with his Palme d’Or winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, celebrated Thai writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest work employs a dreamlike narrative to illuminate the inner lives of its characters.
A group of soldiers are afflicted with a mysterious sleeping sickness. They are consigned to a temporary clinic where a volunteer, Jenjira (Jenjira Pongpas), befriends a lonely soldier, Itt (Banlop Lomnoi). Jenjira enlists the help of a young psychic (Jarinpattra Rueangram) to plumb Itt’s soul, releasing memories of loved ones and thoughts which allow him to communicate. Goddess statues at a local shrine—where Jenjira lights a candle for Itt—take on human form, deepening the mystical quality of their revelations. As with most of Weerasethakul’s films, the visual elements are both distinctive and stunning.
Cemetery of Splendour, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/Germany 2015, 121 mins