Malila: The Farewell Flower
A gay love story in which earthly passion finds solace through dark Buddhist spiritualism.
Singapore PremiereThailand / 2017 / 94MIN / Thai / R21: Some Homosexual Cotent
Former lovers Shane and Pich reunite and try to heal the wounds of their past. Shane is haunted by the tragic death of his daughter, while Pich suffers a grave illness. As death approaches, Pich dedicates his remaining time to making Bai Sri, a ceremonial ornament. Meanwhile, Shane decides to become a Buddhist monk until one night at a graveyard, he encounters his lover in another form.
A rising star in the Thai independent film scene, Anucha Boonyawatana explores tragic gay romance in his sophomore feature film, this time asking the perennial question: Can Buddhist philosophy liberate the soul? The two male characters delve into the mysteries of love and spiritual redemption, and their story challenges the preconception of sexual identity, boasted by popular soap actor Sukollawat Kanarot in his most controversial role yet.
Cast & Credits
Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai independent film director and founder of G-Motif Production, one of the largest video production companies in Thailand. In 2012, his short film Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3 was screened in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. His first feature film The Blue Hour premiered at Berlinale Panorama in 2015.
Anucha Boonyawatana, Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, John Badalu, Kaneenut Ruengrujira, Jutamas Kaewchat
Anucha Boonyawatana, Waasuthep Ketpetch
Sukollawat Kanarot, Anuchyd Sapanphong, Samret Muangput
• In-competition, Busan International Film Festival 2017