The hour-long film “essay” from Weerasethakul, whose “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won the Palme d’Or in 2010 and also was released by Strand, is a blend of fact and fiction built from footage the filmmaker shot at a hotel on the Mekong River for a project that was never finished. The Thailand-set film involves his actors rehearsing the story of a vampire-like mother and her daughter to be called “Ecstasy Garden.”
“Eden” is the result of five years of tracking an ecological disaster affecting a Turkish village on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Akin, who vacillates between fiction and nonfiction work, captured the villagers’ struggle to combat the polluted spillover from a newly built garbage dump in the hills above them. The Turkish-German filmmaker played in competition in 2007 with the drama “The Edge of Heaven,” for which he was awarded the best screenplay prize.
Strand most recently released the 2011 Cannes selections “Michael” and “Bonsai.” On Friday, the company releases “Oslo, August 31st,” which played in Un Certain Regard at the 2011 fest. Forthcoming releases include the Sundance drama “California Solo” and the SXSW premiere “Crazy Eyes.”