Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or “Joe” as he’s been amusingly nicknamed, has been a presence on the global film stage with Tropical Malady and Syndromes of a Century, but back in 2010 he finally won the Palme D’Or with his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Now in 2015, his latest film is his first full feature (2012’s Mekong Hotel clocked in at only 61 minutes) since winning five years earlier.
Cemetery of Splendour (originally titled Love in Khon Kaen) is strictly art house, and this first clip prior to its premiere at Cannes, not in Competition but in the Un Certain Regard lineup, is a good example of Weerasethakul’s patient style. Here’s the full synopsis:
Love in Khon Kaen tells of a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance.
No U.S. distributor for this yet. Watch the first clip below: