Graves without a Name
aka Les tombeaux sans noms First screened in September 2018
Director: Rithy Panh. Documentary about communal, spiritual, memorial, and archaeological practices by which generations of Cambodians try to honor and pacify their dead. Screenplay: Rithy Panh and Agnès Sénémaud. Twitter Capsule:
Less overtly distinctive in its technique than The Missing Picture but just as poetic, pained, and poignant.
This is the first movie I've seen in Toronto and one of the few new ones I've screened all year that I would call unmissable. Heartbreaking.
Manages a panoramic view of cultural practices while maintaining a personal perspective of an unusually poetic sort. Rigor blends with tranquility.