THAILAND / UNITED KINGDOM – 2012 – 57 MIN – COLOUR - SHORT - IN THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
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.
"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."
- THE TORONTO STAR