Malila: The Farewell Flower

Thailandia, 2017, HD, 94', col.

director:

Anucha Boonyawatana

Malila: The Farewell Flower

Bai Sri are elaborately-folded flower arrangements, made with banana leaves and jasmine blossoms, symbolizing love and virtue in Thai Buddhist philosophy. Though visually stunning, they tend to wither very fast. Pitch and Shane, who once were lovers, know this only too well. After being separated for many years, theyrevive their relationship by making these floral ornaments together. While Shane is still recovering from the end of his marriage and the death of his daughter, Pitch is struggling with his own tragedy: he has just discovered he is terminally ill. To escape from the pain they are both suffering, they decide to return to the times they were together, a past that has never seemed so far off: past and present alternate like a hallucination. But when Shane finds out that Pitch is dying, he decides to become a Thai monk for life. A movie with an elegiac and melancholy tone, poised between existential pain and the contemplation of that pain.

screenplay

Anucha Boonyawatana, Waasuthep Ketpetch

editing

Lee Chatametikool, Chonlasit Upanigkit

photography

Chaiyapruek Chalermpornpanich

sound

Poolpetch Hatthakitkosol

cast

Sukollawat Kanarot, Anuchyd Sapanphong, Samret Muangput

producer

Anucha Boonyawatana, Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, John Badalu, Kaneenut Ruengrujira, Jutamas Kaewchat

production

G Village Co-Creation Hub

 

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Anucha Boonyawatana

Biofilmography

Anucha Boonyawatana was born in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, in 1981. In 2004, he founded and became the president of the G-Motif Production Video Company. He took part in numerous international festivals with his short film and graduation project Down the River (2004), a gay story mixed with Buddhist philosophy and traditional Thai art. He collaborated with UNESCO to produce the web film Love Audition. He participated in the Berlin Film Festival with Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3 in 2014, and the year after, in the TGLFF with his first feature film, The Blue Hour.