LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING

YUB MENH BONG KEUNH OUN NHO NHIM

ASIAN FEATURE

GOLDEN & SILVER HANOMAN AWARDS

DIRECTED BY KAVICH NEANG

 

78 Minutes | Documentary | DCP | Colour | 

o.v. Khmer | sub. English | Cambodia, 2019

SCHEDULE

INDONESIAN PREMIERE

20 NOV | WED |  13:00 | Studio 1

22 NOV | FRI |  19:10 | Studio 4

SYNOPSIS

“We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart.” Filmmaker Kavich Neang’s father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation’s Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centered within its walls; and, the rapid pace of capitalist development that would ultimately lead to its demise. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Neang, born here in 1987 and raised inside, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. When demolition comes, it’s all just a memory.

“Kita terbiasa melihat sebuah rumah dari atapnya, jendelanya, dan tembok-temboknya. Pada akhirnya, saat kita pindah, hatiku hancur.” Ayah dari Kavich Neang sang filmmaker, adalah satu dari ratusan penduduk yang harus pindah dari “White Building” di Phnom Penh. Blok perumahan ini menjadi saksi bisu dari serangkaian peristiwa luar biasa: masa keemasan dari negaranya; keruntuhan traumatis di bawah kuasa rezim radikal; berdekade era kebangkitan budaya terpusat di dalam tembok-temboknya; serta laju pesat perkembangan kapitalis yang berujung pada kehancurannya sendiri. Kini, tembok-tembok yang dahulu berseri menjadi kelabu dan rusak. Neang, terlahir di sini pada tahun 1987 dan dibesarkan di dalamnya, pernah bermimpi membuat film fiksi di sini, namun kenyataan telah melampaui rencananya. Tempat ini kini menjadi lokasi bagi dokumenter panjang pertamanya. Saat pada akhirnya ia terbongkar, semua tinggal kenangan.

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DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY

Kavich Neang

(Cambodia, 1987) 

 

2019

LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING (documentary)

-World Premiere & NETPAC Award, 2019 International Film Festival of Rotterdam,  Netherlands

-Special Jury Prize, 2019 Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju, South Korea;

-Special Jury Award, 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles, California, USA

2018

NEW LAND BROKEN ROAD 

-World Premiere, 2018 Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore

-Best Film, 2019 Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine

2015

GOODBYE PHNOM PENH (short)

-Chaktomuk Prize for Best Film, 2016 Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

-World Premiere at Asian Film Archive 10th Anniversary, Singapore

THREE WHEELS (short)

-World Premiere at 2015 Busan International Film Festival, Busan, South Korea;

-Youth Jury Prize, 2015 Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore;

-Outstanding Selection, 2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan;

-Best Narrative Short Film, 2016 Cambodia Town Film Festival, Long Beach, California, USA;

-Special Mention, 2016 Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2013

WHERE I GO (short)

-World Premiere, 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands;

-First Best Short Film, 2014 Chopshots Documentary Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia;

2011

A SCALE BOY (short)

-World Premiere, 2011 Vesoul International Film Festival, Vesoul, France

Production Company

Anti-Archive

 

Contact:

Anti-Archive    : daniel.mattes@antiarchive.com

Kavich Neang : kavich.neang@antiarchive.com