Film Screening: MEKONG HOTEL

The Asian Film Archive Presents: MEKONG HOTEL by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

A debut screening in Singapore
Filmgarde Bugis+, Level 5, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street Singapore 188067
23 November 2013 (Saturday), 630pm
$16 per ticket
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The Asian Film Archive Presents Series returns with a Special Screening of MEKONG HOTEL by Apichatpong Weerasethakul , recognised as one of the most original voices in cinema today. Join us for this one-time Singapore premiere screening of the film and a post-screening discussion with the director.

Mekong Hotel is a mesmerising cinematic essay drawing 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. In the bedrooms and terraces, Apichatpong held a rehearsal with his crew for a movie that he wrote years ago called Ecstasy Garden. The film 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.

BIOGRAPHY | APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His five feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, culminating in the winning of the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His previous feature Syndromes and a Century (2006) was recognised as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls.
Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, Apichatpong's works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his production company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999.
Apichatpong has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. His installations have included the multi-screen project Primitive (2009), which was complimented by Uncle Boonmee and which has been acquired for major museum collections and was presented at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and The New Museum, New York among others. His most recent projects include a major installation for the 2012 Kassel Documenta, on-line films for Mubi (Ashes, 2012) and for the Walker Art Center in the USA (Three Wonders of the World, 2012).

2012 »Mekong Hotel«
2010 »Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives«
(Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chat)
2006 »Syndromes and a Century« (Sang Sattawat)
2004 »Tropical Malady« (Sud Pralad)
2003 »The Adventure Of Iron Pussy« (Huajai Toranong)
2002 »Blissfuly Yours« (Sud Sanaeha)
2000 »Mysterious Object at Noon« (Dokfar Nai Meu Marn)

This event was made possible with the assistance of the following individuals / organisations. The Asian Film Archive sincerely thanks them for supporting the Archive's work:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Tan Bee Thiam
Filmgarde Cineplex
The Match Factory
TISCH School of the Arts Asia
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