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Mekong Hotel

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Mekong Hotel offers a rare chance to witness Apichatpong work out his artistic process on camera, blurring the lines between gestating script, various stages of rehearsal, and even a finished, full-length picture. That it’s got something tangible to say about its director as well as our fleeting/recurring existences feels like a small, personal gift from the man himself.” —PopMatters

An impending flood, not to mention alien ghosts lurking on the periphery, keep the tension rising in Mekong Hotel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s highly anticipated first feature since Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2010. Working with actors familiar from his previous films, the director sets this tale in a hotel overlooking the Mekong River on the Thailand/Laos border. Characters rehearse lines from an uncompleted film in a tranquil yet cautionary stream-of-consciousness sketch, an experimental mystery, and an exploration of the filmmaking process. 2012, DCP, 60 minutes.

Preceeded by a new short directed by Weerasethakul, Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam)—the first artist commission for the Walker Channel.


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