Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Screening Format: DCP

Running Time: 122 minutes

Written, Directed and Produced by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Starring: Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, Jarinpattra Rueangram

In Thai with English subtitles.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.

Join us for a screening of Cemetery of Splendor, the most recent, critically acclaimed film from celebrated Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010). UCSB Film and Media Studies Professor Naoki Yamamoto will lead a post-screening discussion with the audience.


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 colored 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.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the most original and talented filmmakers in contemporary art cinema. Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand, he holds a BA in Architecture from Khon Kaen University, and an MFA in filmmaking from The Art Institute of Chicago. His previous feature films have brought him unparalleled international recognition and festival prizes, including the Cannes Palme d’Or Prize for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) and the Cannes Official Competition Jury Prize for Tropical Malady (2004). He has also held numerous art exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often mobilizing non-linear and imaginary narratives, his works link memory with personal politics and social issues.

Naoki Yamamoto is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in film theory, Asian cinema, documentary films, intellectual history, and Japanese popular culture. He has published in both English and Japanese on a variety of topics, including the global circulation of machine aesthetics in the 1920s, the German-Japanese wartime co-productions, and recent Hollywood blockbuster films. He is currently completing his first book manuscript, tentatively entitled Dialectics without Synthesis: Provocations on Realism, Film Theory, and Japanese Cinema.

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