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The Island Funeral
(Maha samut lae susaan)

Directed by Pimpaka Towira.
With Heen Sasithorn, Aukrit Pronsumpunsuk, Yosawat Sitiwong.
Thailand, 2017, DCP, color, 105 min.
Thai with English subtitles.

Towira’s second fictional feature is a road movie about a group of young people who travel down to Pattani, a province in the predominantly Muslim south of Thailand to visit their hometown and a distant relative. What begins as a conventional narrative soon turns into a dark and atmospheric study of a troubled nation. When the characters finally reach their destination—a mysterious island where the inhabitants of different races and religions seem to be living in a state of utopia—we enter into a realm where the real and the imagined coexist, bearing witness to the impending death of a place. 

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