The Long Walk

  • 116'
  • Laos
  • 2019

For fifty years, a man has been walking the dusty path through the woods between his isolated farm and the nearby village, accompanied by a taciturn ghost. As a teenager he witnessed her death, and she has been connected to him ever since. When he discovers that the spirit is able to take him back to the past, he returns to his youth to rid himself of the millstone around his neck: his mother's death from tuberculosis, which he had to watch helplessly as a child.

In her third feature film, Laotian filmmaker Mattie Do creates an ingenious mix of lo-fi science fiction and melancholy ghost story. From his adult life in the near future, sketched in small gestures, the old man jumps back to his youth, in our present. But every action he takes has unexpected consequences. The more he interferes with the fabric of time, the more he becomes caught up in loose ends.

Director
Mattie Do
Countries of production
Laos, Spain, Singapore
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
116'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Bor mi vanh chark
Language
Lao
Producers
Douangmany Soliphanh, Mattie Do, Christopher Larsen, Annick Mahnert, Justin Deimen, Abhi Rastogi
Production Companies
Lao Art Media, Screen Division, Aurora Media, 108 Media
Sales
108 Media
Screenplay
Christopher Larsen
Cinematography
Matthew Whitcomb Macar
Editor
Zohar Michel
Production Design
Thana Maykaoumput, Chatchai Chaiyon
Sound Design
Alex Boyesen
Music
Anthony Weeden
Cast
Por Silatsa, Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy, Noutnapha Soydala, Vilouna Phetmany