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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Cemetery of Splendor” was lauded on last year’s festival circuit, starting with an acclaimed debut in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film, a haunting tale which explores the familial, societal and economical issues of Thailand through the lens of a sleeping sickness that has begun plaguing the people, marks the director’s return to producing films in his native tongue.
The spiritualistic film tells the story of an aging woman who finds solace, comfort, revelations, magic and healing in the world of comatose victims. The enigmatic tale is one that incorporates notes of magical realism and tales of redemption and empathy. These thematic issues that Weerasethakul tackles are not ones that he is unfamiliar with, having been known to explore the dilemmas of Thailand’s society in his previous films.
The film saw its U.S. debut at the 2015 New York Film Festival and will next screen in the Spotlight section at Sundance later this month. The film will open in New York City at the IFC Center and Lincoln Center on March 4. IFC will also be playing other films by Weerasethakul, including “Tropical Malady,” “Syndromes and a Century” and the New York theatrical premiere of “Mekong Hotel.”