Malila: The Farewell Flower

Anucha Boonyawatana
2017
Thailand
97 min

Lexi Cinema

26 April

Sunday

8:30pm

Synopsis

Pich (Anuchyd Sapanphong) has cancer and finds peace in making Bai Sri, a Thai floral ornament used in traditional rituals. By chance, he reunites with his former lover Shane (Sukollawat Kanarot). Together they must try to heal the wounds of their past, and Shane, who has plans to become a monk, must face up to the prospect of Pich’s death. As he bids farewell to his lover, Shane learns how to practice ‘Asupakhamathan,’ meditating over corpses in order to contemplate the fleeting nature of life and its fragility. Director Anucha Boonyawatana incorporates elements of Buddhist philosophy and Thai art into his second feature film. Driven by thoughtful performances from the leading actors, Malila: The Farewell Flower offers a quiet and meditative, yet strikingly visceral portrayal of mortality.

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Preceded by

The Last Letter
Dir Vishal Jejurkar | India | 2018 | 15 min

Mohan, a 60-something married man, lives with a secret that leaves him conflicted and creates tension in his family life. Deciding to face his past, he writes letters to an unnamed recipient.

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