Landing on the Sight & Sound and Cahiers Du Cinema best of the year lists, as well as making the rankings of the Best Of 2015 from our own writers Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton, for those of us who weren’t able to catch Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s “Cemetery Of Splendour” on the festival circuit, the good news is that it’s finally coming to cinemas. And even more, a new trailer is here.
Starring Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, and Jarinpattra Rueangram, the film is another journey into the director’s unique world where drama and magic seem to fold over on themselves, and he’s once again spinning a story that falls somewhere between memory and fairy tale. Here’s the official synopsis:
Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.
“Cemetery Of Splendour” will open in limited release on March 4th. Watch below.