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Tropical Malady

Tropical Malady
April 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Q&A with filmmaker and guest curator Andrew Ahn and L.A. Times film critic Justin Chang.

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This calendar we are honored to host guest curator Andrew Ahn. A queer Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles, Ahn made his feature debut with Spa Night, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the 2017 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. His latest feature, Driveways, was an official selection of the 2019 Berlinale. His selection for the Legacy Project Screening Series is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (2004).

Tropical Malady (Thailand/France/Germany/Italy, 2004)

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A soldier (Banlop Lomnoi) and a farm boy (Sakda Kaewbuadee) fall hesitantly, tenderly in love at the edge of the Thai jungle, where the soldier is stationed and the boy lives with his family. Before their budding affection can be consummated, however, in the film’s second half writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul recasts this everyday tale of desire as enigmatic mythology when the soldier treks deep into the jungle in search of a shape-shifting shaman.

35mm, color, in Thai with English subtitles, 118 min. Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Screenwriter: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Banlop Lomnoi.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Watch the conversation with Andrew Ahn and Los Angeles Times Film Critic Justin Chang: