dir. Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Thailand 2018, 77 mins, UK premiere (recommended cert. 12A)
Following the death of Aoey’s mother, her family embark on a spiritual boat journey to accompany her to “heaven”. In parallel, a documentary unfolds, focusing on the director’s parents who live on a rubber plantation, followed by her subsequent return to Thailand upon news of her mother’s ill health and passing. The film’s fictional element offers further reflections on the pain of the loss of a loved one through the director’s apparent fictional self as Aoey. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, this intriguing debut film blurs the distinctions between memory, fact and fiction in a quiet contemplation on life and death.
Official Selections: Busan International Film Festival 2018, CPH:DOX 2019
Presented in partnership with Essay Film Festival
Aperture is dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most challenging and striking films from the Asian and Pacific regions, exploring issues around diversity and cultural identity, as well as the inherent links between and blurred boundaries within Asia and the Pacific. Aperture is the only festival in the UK to cover the whole of the Asian region and also to explore Oceania.
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