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Fever Room

Conceived and directed by

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

© Chai Siris, courtesy of Kick the Machine Films

Cannes Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the most magnetic and innovative figures in cinema today, ventures into the theatre for the first time with a “performance – projection” freely inspired by his latest film Cemetery of Splendour. The filmmaker’s favourite actress, Jenjira, embodies Jen, a housewife who is preparing to undergo surgery. At the hospital, her dreams mingle with those of Itt, a sleeping soldier from a country bereft of light. Elsewhere, a group of young people embark on an adventure down the Mekong River, while another group explores a cave as a possible habitat for an uncertain future… During their long dream-journeys, each person tends to their wounds and finds, in their slumber, a haven or a place of secret resistance. Fever Room unfolds in twilight, on the frontier of reality and dreams, between darkness and light. Filmed images merge on-stage with live performance, plunging the audience into a mental and sensorial experience as disorientating as it is hypnotising. Following the political undertones of his latest film, this theatrical production outlines the portrait of a country on the brink of collapse, in search of a future. This intense performance piece goes beyond the boundaries of cinema to immerse us in the film-maker’s dreamlike and sensual world, in which unseen forces can surface in the most banal reality. In the cavern of theatre, the magic takes hold, a fever comes over us, and once again, the shadows come to life.

5-13 November 2016

In association with Le Festival d’Automne à Paris

Director

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Cinematography

Chatchai Suban

Cast

Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi

1st Assistant Director

Sompot Chidgasornpongse

Project Production Manager

Chai Siris

Visual Designer, Supervisor

Rueangrit Suntisuk

Lighting Designer

Pornpan Arayaveerasid

Camera Assistant

Thanayos Roopkhajorn

Sound Designers

Akritchalerm, Kalayanamitr, Koichi Shimizu

Sound Assistant

Chalermrat Kaweewattana

Post-production

Siripun Sangjun Senior

Colorist

Passakorn Yaisiri

Digital colorimetry

Chaitawat Thrisansri

Digitalisation

Nuttacha Khajornkaitsakul

Post-production Supervisor

Lee Chatametikool

Performance times

Several performances every day, from 3pm onwards, from Tuesday to Sunday.

See the calendar

Running time

1 Hour 30 minutes

Auditorium

On stage in the Grande Salle

Premiered 4 June 2015 at the Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju, South Korea.