เมืองแสงหมด) - A Projection Performance by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015

Length: 90 minutes
Cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Teenagers of Nabua

1st Assistant Director: Sompot Chidgasornpongse
Cinematographer: Chatchai Suban
Camera Assistant: Thanayos Roopkhajorn
Project’s Production Manager: Chai Siris
Visual Designer, Supervisor: Rueangrit Suntisuk (Duck Unit)
Lighting Designor: Pornpan Arayaveerasid
Sound Designers: Koichi Shimizu & Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Sound Assistant: Chalermrat Kaweewattana
Finance: Parichart Pu-aree
Post Supervisor: Lee Chatametikool
Produced by the Asian Arts Theatre

Shot in Khon Kaen, Chaiyapum, Nakhon Phanom

First Performed in Gwangju, South Korea, at the Asian Arts Theatre, September 4, 2015
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Fever Room features Jenjira (Jen) and Banlop (Itt), two of Apichatpong’s regular actors who also appear in his latest film, Cemetery of Splendour. Like the film, this projection-performance presents the layers of reality and fantasy. Apichatpong fuses his memories with the actors’ and fictionalises the narrative. Here the people takes refuge in dreams while their land is on a brink of collapse, echoing Thailand’s present state of military dictatorship. Jen is undergoing a medical treatments that include surgeries to balance the length of the leg. While in the hospital, she crochets and dreams. Itt, who’s sleeping at another place, joins her in the dreams. She recounts her favourite places for him. He tells her about the land where he’s from, the land that is devoid of light. Even in his dream there’s no light. He’s harvesting the illuminations from her dreams for energy. In Fever Room, Apichatpong documents personal and regional history as if they will soon disappear. A hospital is a transitional place of consciousness. The caves are explored for re-habitation. The Mekong River is observed by a group of anonymous young men on land and on the boats. The last evening is coming to a close.

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