2012 / 57 Minutes
In Thai with English Subtitles
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Produced by Brendan Colthurst, Bryan Carmel
Cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Maiyatan Techaparn, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chai Bhatana, Chatchai Suban
Mekong Hotel is 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.
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Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver
April 29, May 1 & 3, 2013
*Double bill with UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012
Thursday September 13 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 - 9:30 PM
Saturday September 15 @ Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 - 4:00 PM
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2012
Sep 30 09:15 pm - Vancity Theatre @ VIFC
Oct 01 03:45 pm - Vancity Theatre @ VIFC
TIFF/ Bell Lightbox, Toronto
Starts Fri Jan 18, 2013
"young romantics, obscure folkloric ghosts (known as “Pobs”) and a maternal sci-fi vampire into and around a hotel overlooking the Mekong River in northeast Thailand, which separates the country from Laos."
- Toronto Star