Apichatpong is getting the finishing pre production work done for his next film called Mekong Hotel.
Tilda Swinton has already joined the project and it centers on a river and addresses the relationship between man and water, the catastrophic flooding which is blamed on Chinese dams and diseases spread by industrial pig farming.
“It’s definitely not going to be a film that will just have a foreign movie star for the sake of it,” Weerasethakul previously told the Guardian. “It’s going to be an exchange of ideas, of images, of … I don’t know. It’s like a game for me: the river, the pigs, and Tilda Swinton.” It won’t be first time the director has explored the Mekong (the river which runs through his native Thailand as well as Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) with one of his shorter projects, “Luminous People,” centering on a man’s journey on the river scattering the ashes of his dead father. That effort was part of one segment of the 2007 omnibus film, “State Of The World.”
Mekong hotel will reunite the director with Keith Griffiths and Simon Field once again. The film is still in the early stages of production so nothing is really finalized.