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The French Institute is a partner of the 8th edition of the Cambodia International Film Festival. During a little over a week, more than... Cinema | Cambodia International Film Festival

The French Institute is a partner of the 8th edition of the Cambodia International Film Festival. During a little over a week, more than 120 movies will be screened and presented by directors and producers from all around the world in the theaters of Phnom Penh, including in the IFC movie theater.

Program and information on:  www.cambodia-iff.com

 

Tuesday 6 March

10am [Documentary] Making an ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park by Rita Schlamberg – 2015 / EN/–

Travel deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps mountain range. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest’s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. The film, three years in the making and shot in 4K (very high resolution), reveals the highly complex partnerships among plants, insects and animals.

 

11:30am [Documentary] Aghanashini by Ashiwini Kumar Bhat – 2017 / EN/–

Rivers have played a pivotal role in shaping the humanity and civilizations. The “Aghanashini” is one of the very few pristine rivers left in India, having survived – for now – the consequences of modern development. There is no dam along its path to obstruct its natural flow, and no industries along its path, leaving the water pure through the entire year. But for how long?

 

12:30pm [Short films] Soyo’s New Shorts

 

2:30pm [Drama] Haitian Corner By Raoul Peck – 1987 / French OV with English subtitles

Haitian Corner is a small Haitian bookstore in New York, where Haitian exiles meet at the time of the dictatorship of Duvalier. One of them, Joseph Bossuet, spent seven years in Haitian prisons, where he was tortured before taking refuge in New York. One day, he seems to recognize one of his torturer. His life becomes a nightmare, fueled by his drive for revenge.

4:45pm [Drama] Paris la blanche By Lidia Terki – 2016 / French OV with English subtitles

At the age of 70, Rekia decides to leave her village in Kabylie to go to Paris. All by herself, she travels across the Mediterranean sea to bring Nour, her husband, back home. But her hero, the war veteran, the one who has been providing for his family from abroad for the past 40 years, has become a stranger.

 

7pm [Documentary] Iran: Veiled Appearances by Thierry Michel – 2003 /  –/EN

Depicts contemporary Iran at a turning point in its history, exposing both an extreme fundamentalism being fostered by its leadership and the seeds for change in its youth culture.

 

Wednesday 7 March

10am [Short Films] Legacy Film Lab Div. – 2017 / KH/EN

  • Pieces of Glass by PRUM Sreileak
  • The Healing by SOR Virakdara
  • Short Hair Woman by SVAY Limeng
  • Unforgettable by SENG Reaksmey

 

12:30am [Documentary] Angkar by Neary Adeline Hay – 2017 / KH/EN

Khonsaly finds his former Khmer Rouge executioners, in the obscure intimacy of the village in which they lived together for 4 years. Between past and present, identities are revealed, the forgotten specters re-emerge and the story is finally told, face-to-face.

 

2pm [Short films] Outstanding First Short Films / French OV with English subtitles

  • Chasse Royale by Romane Gueret & Lise Akoka, 2016
  • K-Nada by Hubert Charuel, 2014
  • Monsters Turn Into Lovers by Yann Delattre, 2015
  • L’Âge des sirènes by Héloïse Pelloquet, 2016

 

4:45pm [Drama] A Taste of Ink by Morgan Simon – 2016 / French OV with English subtitles

Charismatic singer of a hard rock band, Vincent, 24, has already tattooed half of his body. With his angel’s face and his incandescent gaze, the world belongs to him. But the arrival of a new woman in the life of his father awakens tensions. Vincent no longer intends to retain his anger or his desire.

 

6:45pm [Documentary] Until They’re Gone by Christopher Lockett – 2016 / –/EN

A California couple who walked away from a comfortable retirement in Palm Springs, relocate to Cambodia to found Landmine Relief Fund, LMRF. There is a ticking clock on when, not if, the next innocent farmer or child will be injured or killed by a landmine left over from a war that ended 30 years ago. A film about landmines, the people who remove them, and hope.

 

9pm [Documentary] The First Generation by Kemara Pol and Abraham Pol – 2017 / KH/EN

Based on an oral history project retelling the story of five people forced to flee from the Khmer Rouge regime and resettle far away from home, in Austria.

  • [Documentary] Someday Stories – A Life Like This by Isaiah Tour – 2017 / KH/EN

A young New Zealander doesn’t know much about his father even though they have lived together for almost twenty-five years. Isaiah decides to make a film about his dad, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in the hope that it will bring them together. Using animation, the two work together to explore Huat’s untold refugee story.

 

 

Thursday 8 March

10am [Drama] Félicité by Alain Gomis – 2017 / Lingala OV with English subtitles

Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

 

12:30am [Drama] Insecure by Marianne Tardieu – 2014 / French OV with English subtitles

Cherif hates his day job as a security guard in the mall. He is trying to get his nursing degree without success. He likes Jenny, a girl he met on the bus. His life is complicated by a band of teenagers who harasses him daily.

2:15pm [Drama] Kushuthara: Pattern of Love by Karma Deki – 2014 / –/EN

One single thread weaves the story of the past and present lives of two people. Two people born on the opposite sides of the world, destined to meet, and realize karmic conditions and their consequences. On the surface, it is a typical “boy-meets-­girl” theme, but only on the surface.

 

4pm [Documentary] Hunting in Wartime by Samantha Farinella– 2016 / EN/–

Vietnam war veterans from a small community in remote Alaska (US) remember. They talk about surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese civilians, readjusting to civilian life, and serving a government that systematically oppressed native people. Their stories gives an important human face to soldiers and shows the long lasting effects of war.

 

18pm [Documentary] The Next Guardian by Arun Bhattarai and Dorootya Zurbo – 2017 / –/EN

In a remote village in the Himalaya, a father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of the family monastery. Following tradition, the father wants his son Gyembo to carry on the family heritage, but he and his sister have other desires. The contrasting dreams of two generations get caught in a time clash.

  • [Documentary] Home Alone by Loday Chopel – 2014 / –/EN

A ninety-five year old man lives alone in his place of birth and reflects on a diminishing community and his life in general. Home alone also highlights the bitter truth and effects of rural-urban migration and modernization.

 

8:15pm [Short films] Bhutan Short Films –/EN

  • 3 year, 3 month retreat (Lo Sum Choe Sum) by Dechen Roder, 2015
  • A Monk in the Forest by Karma Wangchuk, 2016
  • The Red Door (2013), A Forgotten Story (2011), The Girl With the Red Sky (2008), by Tashi Gyeltshe

 

Friday 9 March

10am [Documentary] Still We Are Migrant Workers by Jong-Man Choi – 2018 / –/EN

Bidduth, Syed and Samar were dishonorably deported from Korea about 10 years ago while they were protesting for the rights of undocumented migrant workers. Since they returned to their home countries, Bangladesh and Nepal, they have continued to be supportive, in ways they learned during years of struggling.

 

12:30am [Drama] The Carousel Never Stops Turning by Ismail Basbeth  – 2017 / –/EN

An eclectic collage of stories featuring a car that sees everything and people from all walks of life including an accountant who can’t let his late wife go, newlyweds who visit the zoo for their honeymoon, three members of a girl pop group on a cross-country road trip in search of inspiration and more.

 

2:15pm [Drama] Haitian Corner By Raoul Peck – 1987 / French OV with English subtitles

Haitian Corner is a small Haitian bookstore in New York, where Haitian exiles meet at the time of the dictatorship of Duvalier. One of them, Joseph Bossuet, spent seven years in Haitian prisons, where he was tortured before taking refuge in New York. One day, he seems to recognize one of his torturer. His life becomes a nightmare, fueled by his drive for revenge.

4.15pm [Short movies] Soyo’s New Shorts

 

6:15pm [Drama] A Taste of Ink by Morgan Simon – 2016 / French OV with English subtitles

Charismatic singer of a hard rock band, Vincent, 24, has already tattooed half of his body. With his angel’s face and his incandescent gaze, the world belongs to him. But the arrival of a new woman in the life of his father awakens tensions. Vincent no longer intends to retain his anger or his desire.

 

8pm [Drama] Patients by Grand Corps Malade & Medhi Idir– 2016 / French OV with English subtitles

Patients is the story of a rebirth, a chaotic journey of victories and defeats, tears and bursts of laughter, but above all encounters: we do not heal alone.

 

 

Saturday 10 March

10am [Short films] Bhutan Short Films –/EN

  • 3 year, 3 month retreat (Lo Sum Choe Sum) by Dechen Roder, 2015
  • A Monk in the Forest by Karma Wangchuk, 2016
  • The Red Door (2013), A Forgotten Story (2011), The Girl With the Red Sky (2008), by Tashi Gyeltshe

 

11:45pm [Drama] Insecure by Marianne Tardieu – 2014 / French OV with English subtitles

Cherif hates his day job as a security guard in the mall. He is trying to get his nursing degree without success. He likes Jenny, a girl he met on the bus. His life is complicated by a band of teenagers who harasses him daily.

 

1:30pm [Drama] Hope by Boris Lojkine – 2014 / English VO with French subtitles

On his clandestine journey from Cameroon to Europe through the Sahara desert, Léonard meets Hope, a Nigerian girl who’s following the same dream.

 

3:15pm [Documentary] Surviving Bokator by Mark Bochsler – 2018 / –/EN

What started as a genocide survivor’s dream to revive an ancient sport, becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation. An elder genocide survivor is fighting to resurrect the ancient Cambodian martial art, in a heartfelt story about reclaiming cultural identity and building bridges between generations.

 

5:30pm [Drama] Félicité by Alain Gomis – 2017 / Lingala OV with English subtitles

Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

 

8pm [Drama] Patients by Grand Corps Malade & Medhi Idir– 2016 / French OV with English subtitles

Patients is the story of a rebirth, a chaotic journey of victories and defeats, tears and bursts of laughter, but above all encounters: we do not heal alone.

 

 

Sunday 11 March

10am [Animation] Discover the World / French OV with English subtitles

9 animated documentary films discover uncharted territories to explore unknown rituals and unlikely animals. These films are bursting with beautiful colors, innovative graphics and sound, which adult and children alike will thoroughly enjoy.

 

11:30am [Documentary] The Last Animals by Kate Brooks – 2017 / EN/–

An extraordinary group of people goes to all lengths to save the planet’s last animals. Follow the men and women battling poachers and traffickers to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to the slaughter of endangered species.

 

1.30pm [Documentary] The First Generation by Kemara Pol and Abraham Pol – 2017 / KH/EN

Based on an oral history project retelling the story of five people forced to flee from the Khmer Rouge regime and resettle far away from home, in Austria.

  • [Documentary] Someday Stories – A Life Like This by Isaiah Tour – 2017 / KH/EN

A young New Zealander doesn’t know much about his father even though they have lived together for almost twenty-five years. Isaiah decides to make a film about his dad, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in the hope that it will bring them together. Using animation, the two work together to explore Huat’s untold refugee story.

3pm [Documentary] The Next Guardian by Arun Bhattarai and Dorootya Zurbo – 2017 / –/EN

In a remote village in the Himalaya, a father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of the family monastery. Following tradition, the father wants his son Gyembo to carry on the family heritage, but he and his sister have other desires. The contrasting dreams of two generations get caught in a time clash.

  • [Documentary] Home Alone by Loday Chopel – 2014 / –/EN

A ninety-five year old man lives alone in his place of birth and reflects on a diminishing community and his life in general. Home alone also highlights the bitter truth and effects of rural-urban migration and modernization.

 

Cambodia International Film Festival
from March 5 to March 11
IFC Cinema