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 coloured 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.
Jenjira Pongpas Widner |Banlop Lomnoi | Jarinpattra Rueangram
Written and directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producers: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Keith Griffiths, Simon Field, Hans W. Geißendörfer, Michael Weber, Charles de Meaux
D.o.P.: Diego Garcia
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
Sound Design: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Production Design: Akekarat Homlaor
Art Director: Pichan Muangdoung
Costume: Phim U-mari
Line Producer: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR is a Kick the Machine Films and Illuminations Films (Past Lives) production with Geissendoerfer Film-und Fernsehproduktion, Anna Sanders Films, Match Factory Productions, in co-production with ZDF/arte, Astro Shaw and others.
World Sales: Match Factory.