THE LONG WALK
Bor Mi Van Chark
Southeast Asian ShowcaseMattie Do
Laos, Spain, Singapore
Laos, the near future — An old man walks the dusty roads between his isolated farm and the nearby rural village in the company of a silent spirit whose death he witnessed decades earlier as a young boy. He also has lived his life filled with regret over losing his mother to tuberculosis. This gives him a compulsive drive to ease the suffering of the terminally ill, and over the years, he has quietly euthanized several sick women, as a form of repent for witnessing his mother’s death. As he realizes that his spectral companion is able to transport him back in time, the old man decides to infringe on natural law and go back in time to convince his younger self to forestall his mother's terminal suffering.
Mattie Do, raised in Southern California to Lao parents, moved to Vientiane to join her father, who returned there to enjoy retirement. As fate would have it, she would soon become one of the most important and prominent filmmakers in the country, propping the small but burgeoning local film industry. THE LONG WALK, which she collaborated with her husband Christopher Larsen, who wrote the screenplay, fits within Do’s genre film wheelhouse (CHANTHALY and DEAREST SISTER). It is also a step forward in exploring unique tropes that fit within the Southeast Asian setting. One could argue that THE LONG WALK is the first time travel story to deal with Buddhist beliefs.
|Wednesday 13||19:00 - 21:16||Regal Dole Cannery 14|
|Friday 15||15:00 - 17:16||Regal Dole Cannery 15|
|Cast||Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy, Por Silatsa, Noutnapha Soydala, Vilouna “Totlina” Phetmany and Chanthamone Inoudome.|
|Cinematographer||Matthew Whitcomb Macar.|
|Production||Lao Art Media.|
Todd Brown ... associate producer