Pich and Shane are former lovers who reunite and rekindle their love, both coping with their own tragedies. Pich finds solace in creating intricate, ceremonial ornaments from folded banana leaves and white jasmine flowers, while Shane takes vows as a monk to heal from a loss. Reminiscent of fellow countryman and auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work, this gorgeously lyrical and seductive tapestry weaves Thai traditions and Buddhist philosophy to explore love, death, and healing with tenderness and nuance.
WED | July 18 | DGA 2 | 7:15 PM
Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
Thailand | 96 minutes | 2017
Thai with English subtitles
Born in Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand, in 1981, Anucha Boonyawatana is the founder of G-Motif Production, one of the largest video production companies in Thailand. As a transgender director, Anucha’s films always focus on gender issues in Thai society. Anucha’s thesis film Down the River, a combination of Buddhist philosophy and Thai art and a love story of a gay couple, won the Young Thai Artist Award and has been shown at several film festivals. Anucha’s first feature film The Blue Hour was selected to be in Panorama section of the 2015 Berlinale. Malila is the director’s second feature.