We crave hallucinations in the same way that we want movies and the illusions that life offers. Otherwise religion would be left to pull in its claws in melancholy solitude and we would not perceive the glory of reality when we woke up.
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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