Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, experience the latest feature-length film by celebrated Thai filmmaker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul at this screening of Cemetery of Splendor!
The filmmaker will join us for a streaming Q&A following the screening. Reception follows.
FREE & OPEN to the public!
This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition of a related installation-based piece, Fireworks (Archives) at UVP Everson from September 15 – October 27. Fireworks (Archives) is an hypnotic, hallucinatory counterpoint to the slow, sun-drenched melancholy of Cemetery of Splendor.
About Cemetery of Splendor
In Cemetery of Splendor, a mysterious sleeping sickness besets soldiers, who 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 discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches suggesting there may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic.
About the Filmmaker
Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, Apichatpong Weerasethakul work has been presented widely in film and art contexts internationally, including the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE (2013) and dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), and in solo and group exhibitions including Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New Museum, New York.
His 2009 film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, won the Palme d’Or prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, and his most recent film, Cemetery of Splendor screened at Cannes in Un Certain Regard. Additional feature films include: Syndromes and a Century (2006), Tropical Malady (2004), The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003), Blissfully Yours (2002), and Mysterious Object at Noon (2000).
For more information on the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, visit: kickthemachine.com
The screening of Cemetery of Splendor and Q&A with the filmmaker is made possible through the generous support of CNY Humanities Corridor and the Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This event is part of the official program of the 2016 Syracuse International Film Festival.