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Malila: The Farewell Flower

A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers becomes a meditation on love, life and the prospect of death.


Dir Anucha Boonyawatana
Prod Donsaron Kovitvanitcha
Scr Anucha Boonyawatana, Waasuthep Ketpetch
With Sukollawat Kanarot, Anuchyd Sapanphong, Sumret Muengput
UK Distribution TLA Releasing

This hauntingly beautiful film focuses on former lovers Pitch and Shane. We gradually learn that Shane’s marriage fell apart after the death of a child and he plans to become a Buddhist monk. Pitch, meanwhile, is clearly unwell. His therapy is to practice the art of Bai Sri. A form of flower sculpture that requires enormous patience and skill, where banana leaves are folded to create elegant structures upon which delicate blossoms are threaded, it seems to offer solace to Pitch, as well as the promise of a cure for his cancer. Ultimately, both men are in search of something and find comfort once again in each other. For all its languorous beauty, this is an occasionally shocking film. But its elision of fantasy and reality, alongside its rich emotional complexity, make it a rare and special experience.

Brian Robinson

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Tue 27 March.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Anucha Boonyawatana, Director-Screenwriter

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