Cemetery of Splendour
a film screening by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to a film screening by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a well-known and respected filmmaker throughout the world audiences, who are familiar with some of his work, such as "Blissfully Yours", "Tropical Malady", "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", and "Mekong Hotel". "Cemetery of Splendour" is centered around a former school building, which is currently set up as a hospital to care for soldiers who have fallen in a mysterious coma. Jenjira, who is struggling with her own physical imperfections, volunteers at the institution. She is particularly interested in a handsome soldier named Itt, and she devotes most of her attention to him. With time, Jenjira notices that she is "in synch" with Itt, who regains consciousness soon after that.
A simple narrative makes it possible to keep track of this multidimensional story without giving in to easy, unambiguous interpretations. The starting point for the story may have been an incident from a few years earlier when, under unclear circumstances, 40 soldiers were quarantined in a hospital in the north of Thailand. The director uses metaphors to talk about the situation in his country: about the political turmoil, the coups d'état, the outbursts of aggression, and the protests that have paralyzed the government. Weerasethakul's film is not only a political allegory but also a trip back to his childhood and family village where the action takes place.
"Cemetery of Splendour" / Thailand, UK, Germany, France, Malaysia, South Korea, Mexico, USA, Norway (2015) / 122’