HBO Asia’s miniseries Folklore presented tales of the supernatural from six Asian countries, based on each region’s traditional legends. One standout was Thailand’s entry, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaurang (Last Life in the Universe, Headshot), who visited the Freer for a retrospective in 2014. Ratanaurang takes on the myth of the pob, a ghost known for devouring human intestines. When an American corporate executive is found murdered, a photojournalist covers the story, only to find himself meeting the pob who committed the crime and now wants to tell its side of the story. Shot in rich black and white tones, this film mixes horror and humor with a touch of politics. One of the the pob’s beefs, it turns out, is that the arrogant American refused to believe in ghosts.
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This event is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.
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(Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaurang, Thailand, 2018, 56 min., DCP, Thai and English with English subtitles.)