A trip along the Mekong River (on the border between Thailand and Laos) to scatter the ashes of a dead father. On the soundtrack, a crew-member recalls how his late father visited him in a dream. The presence of the dead, the memories of the living. –IMDb
Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul (Thai: อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล; born July 16, 1970) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; and Syndromes and a Century, which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered in competition there.
Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed several features and dozens of short films. Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality), and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films… read more
A boat coursing near the Laotian border along the Mekong River serves as a metaphor for a life's journey in Luminous People. A family pays respects to the memory of a man's father who appears in his dreams. This short film captures subtle impressions from the spray of water, the boat's staccato engine noise, and arms scattering petals. On the other side it's peaceful; they turn off the lights at night, one man says.