Cemetery of Splendor
Rak Ti Khon Kaen / รักที่ขอนแก่น
2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/France, 122 min. With Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi.
- Fri, Feb 10th 8:30pm
- Tue, Feb 14th 6:00pm
“Quietly incandescent…an unstemmable flow of beautifully unfathomable images, cinema as the stuff dreams are made of.” — James Lattimer, Slant Magazine
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 2010 for UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, director Weerasethakul, an SAIC graduate, once again proves masterful in exploring the intersection of the human and spirit worlds through a film of delicate, sumptuous beauty. A few soldiers lie stricken by a mysterious sleeping sickness in a rural town’s veranda-like hospital. The film’s subtle theme of healing brought about with the help of otherworldly forces encompasses not just the prone figures in the beds, but characters including a hospital volunteer, a psychic, and an awakened soldier, all of whom will come to walk knowingly or unknowingly, with resident spirits. The real and the supernatural mix with casual concreteness and infusions of offhand humor under the placid spell of Weerasethakul’s mythic world view. In Thai with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
FEBRUARY 14: Lecture by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.