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'Cemetery of Splendour': Thai film icon Weerasethakul explores a cycle of violence

'Cemetery of Splendour': Thai film icon Weerasethakul explores a cycle of violence

Thai film icon Apichatpong Weerasethakul is increasingly unable to work in Thailand. His most recent film, "Cemetery of Splendour," about catatonic soldiers enlisted from beyond the grave, will not be shown in his home country any time soon, as the military dictatorship installed in a 2014 coup has made free dialogue impossible. He's considering filmmaking in exile, possibly in South America, and continuing his exploration of magical realism and the haunting legacy of neocolonial violence. "Cemetery of Splendour," like a lot of his films, is guided by rural folklore and a melancholic lament of political repression. Awash in mysticism, it stays...

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