Berlinale

Cemetery of Splendour (Rak thi Khon Kaen)

Synopsis
In a small town in Thailand, a troop of soldiers have a strange case of sleeping sickness. An old school becomes their hospital. Jenjira, a middle-aged Thai lady, volunteers to tend the soldiers, taking special interest in Itt. She also befriends a clairvoyant girl, Keng. Jenjira meets two phantoms who tell her about a buried cemetery of kings. Even though he is only awake a few hours per day, Itt makes her heart flutter. Jenjira takes Itt to the town lake. Like a dream, a large unidentified creature has washed ashore. Itt falls asleep at the park pavilion. There, Jenjira encounters Keng who offers to speak Itt’s thoughts. The girl leads her through the labyrinth of a cemetery that exists in another dimension. The dead animal is cut open. Its belly is full of marigold flowers in various stages of decay.

Director’s Note
My parents are doctors. I grew up in hospital housing. The school and my home were full of memorable illnesses. For Love in Khon Kaen, I imagine rooms where people do nothing but sleep. Yet they are somewhere in their own dimension. Lately, I have noticed that I started to sleep more. I have produced many movies in dreams. This film as a rumination on Thailand, a feverish nation. Like the sleepers, I shun the malady of reality, and together we take refuge in dreams of forever.


World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2015, Un certain regard


Key Festivals and Awards
London Film Festival 2015
Lighthouse Award, Poncevo Film Festival 2015

Thailand 2015
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Production: Illuminations Films (UK), Kick the Machine Films (Thailand), Anna Sanders Films (France), Astro Shaw (Malaysia), Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theatre (Korea), Detalle Films (Mexico), Louverture Films (USA), Tordenfilm (Norway), GFF Geißendörfer Film-und Fernsehproduktion (Germany)
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

German WCF-Partner: The Match Factory
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2014
Funding amount: 30.000 €