Queer East: Malila: the Farewell Flower

“Thailand's official Oscar submission is a sensitive spiritual drama that unusually fuses gay romance with Buddhist healing.” Variety

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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.

Preceded by short film:
The Last Letter (India)
Dir Vishal Jejurkar | India | 2018 | 15min
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.

As part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, Queer East Film Festival is a curated series showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia, echoing Brent’s strong Asian affiliations and championing the city’s diverse voices.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.


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117 mins

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