Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mekong Hotel (still), 2012; image: courtesy Kick the Machine films


Mekong Hotel

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Mekong Hotel is a hotel near the Mekong River, on the border of Thailand and Laos. There, Apichatpong Weerasethakul holds a rehearsal with his crew of a treatment for a movie that he wrote years ago called Ecstasy Garden. Shot on video, this hour-long study shuffles between different realms, between fact and fiction, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, two young lovers and the river, while weaving in themes common in the director’s work of political history, science fiction, music, and a drifting dream of the future.

This screening includes a special introduction by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasthakul.

“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.” —Jordan Cronk, PopMatters

Mekong Hotel only adds to the growing sense that in Mr. Apichatpong’s work, everything belongs to a larger whole: actors and motifs are transmigrated from one film to another, and each story seems to have its own past and afterlife.” —Dennis Lim, The New York Times

Film Details

Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Year: 2012
Running time: 61 min
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producer: Simon Field, Keith Griffiths
Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Print Source: Strand Releasing

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