Thomas Henning and Jonas Rusumalay Diaz | Timor-Leste, 2018
A surreal, fable-like meditation on life, death and spirituality in Timor-Leste, by filmmakers Thomas Henning and Jonas Rusumalay Diaz From its opening moments, as a man crawls to land from the ocean to be greeted by a lonely ghost, the new film from the Timor-Leste-based directors Diaz and Henning casts an evocative, haunting spell that appears to hover somewhere in the twilight dimension between life and death. The female ghost tells a tale of how she once haunted an unhappily married Timorese couple, while a mysterious, bedraggled wedding singer wanders the landscape with his acoustic guitar, and the stories dance around and fold into each other. Cinematographer Giovanni C Lorusso conjures a striking dreamscape of light and shadow, while the film’s use of multiple exposures and double-tracked dialogue suggests a world lingering on the fringes of reality. A startling work – doubly so given the rarity of films from Timor-Leste.
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell. The film is based on Stephen King's 1982 novella The Body. Its title is derived from Ben E. King's eponymous song, which plays over the ending credits.
Stand by Me tells the story of four boys in a small town in Oregon who go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing child. The film was nominated for one Academy Award (for Best Adapted Screenplay) and two Golden Globe Awards (for Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director, respectively).