By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly
“All characters appearing in this work are actual persons,” warns the fine print at the end of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new film, “Mekong Hotel.”
“Any resemblance to other real beings, living or dead, is not coincidental.”
It’s an odd, wry turn on the traditional disclaimer at the end of dramatic films, which states, “Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” But it typifies the Thai director’s approach to both film and real life. He wants to tweak your notions of what’s real and unreal, what’s fact and fiction.
“Mekong Hotel” overthrows convention right from the get-go by opening with a pitch black screen. Two Thai men’s voices and one guitar can be heard on the soundtrack, but the audience doesn’t see them for a minute or so. Read the full story