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Film Details

Nomination Category:

Best Feature Film

Ceremony Year:

2015

Country:

Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, France, United Kingdom

Producers:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Keith Griffiths, Simon Field, Charles de Meaux, Michael Weber, Hans W. Geißendörfer

Co-Producers:

Viola Fügen, Najwa Abu Bakar, Moisés Cosio Espinosa, Eric Vogel, Ingunn Sundelin, Joslyn Barnes, Caroleen Feeney, Danny Glover

Director:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Screenplay:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Cinematographer:

Diego Garcia

Cemetery of Splendour

APSA Best Feature Film

In northeast Thailand, soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are sent to a temporary hospital. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over the handsome soldier Itt. Jen befriends a young medium who uses psychic powers to help communicate with the comatose men, and to ease their troubled dreams, doctors experiment with a visually arresting coloured light therapy. The clinic, a former school, is built on a mythic ancient site that may have a connection to the soldiers’ mysterious syndrome…This hypnotic story, containing elements of both gritty and magical realism, follows Jen on her path to a deeper awareness, a meandering path of healing, romance and dreams.