dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK, 2012, 35mm, Thai with English subtitles, 61 min.
Mekong Hotel is a self-reflexive portrait of a hotel near the Mekong River in Thailand. In the bedrooms and terraces, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) holds a rehearsal with his crew for a movie he wrote years ago entitled Ecstasy Garden. The film blends fact and fiction, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, the young lovers and the river, while exploring themes of recollection, politics, Thai folklore and the modern world’s undeniable connection to its spiritual roots.
dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK, 2006, digital, Thai with English subtitles, 6 min.
The Anthem is a
celebration of filmmaking and the viewing experience. In Thailand, before every
cinema film screening, there will be a Royal Anthem before the feature
presentation. The purpose is to honor the King. It is one of the rituals
imbedded in Thai society to give a blessing to something or someone before
certain ceremonies. The Anthem
presents a ‘Cinema Anthem’ that praises and blesses the approaching feature for
each screening. This audio-visual purification process is performed by three
old ladies. They also channel energy to the audience in order to give them a
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