Posted on November 11, 2015
Cemetery of Splendour Trailer, 2015, © Kick the Machine Films/ Illuminations Films. The Huffington Post featured an interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul about the artist’s latest film Cemetery of Splendour, shown at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Interviewed by Karin Badt, Weerasethakul explains the film’s major theme of sleeping sickness, and how it’s related to his home country. The film, which drifts into a magical in-between-reality-dream state, is indeed symbolic. Weerasethakul explains:
I have been interested for the last five years in sleeping and dreaming. For me, the act of sleeping is an act of escape, and that is what is going on now in Thailand: One wants to escape from the country. Sometimes you feel very powerless, in that all you can do is go away. I work on many projects, art projects. Sometimes you cannot deal with reality, and you don’t know if it is a dream. Sometimes the situation in Thailand is so absurd and so violent that I feel threatened…
To read the full article, visit The Huffington Post website, here.