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Mekong Hotel

Mekong Hotel
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thailand, United Kingdom, Drama documentary, 2012, 61 min, thai with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13
Mekong Hotel is a portrait of a hotel near the Mekong River in the north-east of Thailand. The river there marks the border between Thailand and Laos. Director shuffles different realms, fact and fiction, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, the young lovers and the river. Mekong Hotel - since it was shot at the time of the heavy flooding in Thailand - also weaves in layers of demolition, politics, and a drifting dream of the future. Semi-documentary film directed by visionary Weerasethakul dissolves genre boundaries by mingling the rehearsal footage of first Mekong Hotel version (that had to be called Ecstasy Garden) and creating a new stylistic language of cinema.
 
About the director:
 
Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognised as one of the most original voices in cinema today. His feature films, short films and video installations earned director international acclaim and have built him a significant collection of awards and nominations from various international film festivals. One of the biggest wins for Weerasethakul is Cannes Palme d'Or in 2010 for "Uncle Boonmee who recalls his past lives" (Loong Boonmee raleuk chat, 2010). Apichatpong began making films and video shorts in 1994. In 2000 he completed his first full-length feature film. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Dir. of Photography: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Music: Chai Bhatana, Chalermrat Kaweewattana, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr

Cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Maiyatan Techaparn, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Chai Bhatana, Chatchai Suban, Apichatpong Weerasethakul