- Thailand / UK
- 1h 1min
- Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Written by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Website: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
Palme d’Or winning Apichatpong Weerasethakul has one of the most unique visions in contemporary cinema. His newest work is an inventive mix of fact and fiction set in a hotel overlooking the Mekong River, on Thailand’s border with Laos. Fragments from an earlier unrealised project (Ecstasy Garden) are combined with reminiscences from his regular troupe of actors about their experiences of the region. Exploring themes central to his work, such as reincarnation (personified here by entrail-eating pob ghosts), the legacy of violence that once dominated Thailand’s northeast, and romantic relationships, Mekong Hotel is an enigmatic and trance-like rumination that makes a strong case for cinema as art. Preceded by Tsai Ming-liang’s Walker (26 mins), a stunningly photographed meditation on mourning and the frenetic pace of modern life. Tsai’s muse Lee Kang-sheng stars as a red-robed monk moving at a snail’s pace through the bustling streets of Hong Kong.
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