CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR North American Premiere at TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, September 13 and 15, 2015 & The 53rd NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL September 25 - October 11, 2015
I remember as a schoolboy sitting in the dark watching a cartoon character succumb to malaria. He was bitten in the arm by a mosquito the size of his head. He trembled under the layers of blankets.
With civil unrest erupting repeatedly in Thailand in the course of the past decades, I have noticed that I started to sleep more. I have started to jot down my dreams. I have produced many movies, in dreams. In reality, people are being gunned down in the streets. Books are banned.
I write this film as a rumination on Thailand, a feverish nation. It will be the first film that takes place entirely in my hometown, Khon Kaen. It’s also a very personal portrait of the places that have latched onto me like parasites - the elementary school, the hospital, the library, the lake. Like the sleepers in this film, I shun the malady of reality, and together we take refuge in dreams of forever.
- Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Love in Khon Kaen
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