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From October 26th to November 3rd, the French Institute of Cambodia offers a discovery of the latest films presented during the Cannes Film Festival... Cinema | Samples from the Cannes Film Festival

From October 26th to November 3rd, the French Institute of Cambodia offers a discovery of the latest films presented during the Cannes Film Festival 2018! For a unique cinema series, Davy Chou, French-Cambodian director, selected about twenty films from the many categories of the Festival, aiming at highlighting the great diversity of orientations, genres and styles of the current international movie production.

“Every year in May, Cannes is at the center of the cinema world. Known in the collective psyche for its famous red steps as well as its many stars, the Cannes Film Festival is above all where cinema history was made and remade: it revealed to the world so many young movie-makers, then unknown – Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Apichatpong Weerasethakul or Xavier Dolan. Cannes bears this mark: it is the yearly rendez-vous of the greatest artists as well as the place of the most beautiful discoveries. This year, for example, with the Chinese Bi Gan and his extraordinary A Long Day’s Journey Into Night – grab your 3D glasses – or the first feature film of the fanciful Portuguese movie-maker Gabrial Abrantes, Diamantino, revealed during the International Critics’ Week. 

Which is the idea behind this program: to offer a look into the Cannes Film Festival, with one one hand movies made by the great directors who made a mark on this year’s edition, including the Palme D’Or, Shoplifters, by the Japanese Kore-Eda, which will open this selection, as well as the latest films by Jia Zhang-ke and Lee Chang Dong, presented in the official competition, or Gaspar Noé’s, who electrified the Directors’ Fortnight. And on the other hand, the surprises of Cannes 2018, coming from all the different categories of the festival, including Bi Gan’s and Abrantes’ movies, but also the animated documentary Samouni Road, the hit Sauvage, the latest film by Guillaume Nicloux shot in Vietnam, the Kenyan movie Rafiki and the Russian film Leto, both victim of censorship in their respective countries, as well as, finally, the oddity that is Knife + Heart by the French Yann Gonzalez, with Vanessa Paradis. We will also have the honor of welcoming Charles Tesson, General Representative of the International Critics’ Week, who will present the films of his category. 

I am thankful to the French Institute for opening its doors so that such movies may be shown in Cambodia. It is unique, it is a great opportunity, and I hope this week will be the occasion of a beautiful film festival. Happy screenings to all.”

Davy Chou 

Fees: $3 ; $1 for students upon presentation of a student card
A $10 pass gives you access to the entirery of the screenings at IFC (Prime screenings not included)
On sale at the IFC reception desk (opening hours)

Friday October 26th

Inauguration of the “Samples from the Cannes Film Festival” Week in the presence of Davy Chou

6pm. Shoplifters by Hirokazu KORE-EDA (2018) / (121 minutes)
Japanese with French subtitles  Palme d’Or 
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.

8pm-9pm Opening Cocktail

9pm. Shoplifters by Hirokazu KORE-EDA (2018)
Japanese with English subtitles  Palme d’Or 

Saturday October 27th

3:30pm. Leto by Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV (2018) / (126 minutes)
Russian with English subtitles – Official Competition
Leningrad, one Summer in the early Eighties. The underground rock scene is boiling. Young Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. The encounter with his idol Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha will change his life forever.

6pm. Ash is the purest white by JIA Zhang-Ke (2018) / (141 minutes)
Mandarin with English subtitles– Official Competition
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

9pm. Climax by Gaspar NOÉ (2018) / (96 minutes)
French with English subtitles Directors’ Fortnight / Prix Art & Essai CICAE
Disclaimer: not recommended for people under 18
Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure.

Sunday October 28th

In partnership with the Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, discover 4 shorts awarded in 2018 in each of the four great categories of the Cannes Film Festival as well as 4 shorts awarded with the Chaktomuk Short Film Festival Prize these last 3 years.

2pm. Short Film Program

The Summer of the Electric Lion by Diego CÉSPEDES (2018) / (22 minutes)
Spanish with English subtitles Cinéfondation First Prize
Hidden in a house far from the city, Alonso accompanies his sister who is expecting to become the seventh wife of The Lion, a prophet who – rumors says- electrocutes you when you touch him.

Skip Day by Ivete LUCAS and Patrick BRESNAN (2018) / (17 minutes)
English Directors’ Fortnight First Prize
Intimate glimpses of one very special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades: prom’s over, the future is uncertain, and the irresistible pull of the beach makes the long-time friends drive 90 kilometers to chill, pose and revel in the waves.

Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year by Jacqueline LENTZOU (2018) / (23 minutes)
Greek with English subtitles – International Critics’ Week First Prize
New Year’s Eve dawns in a moon-kissed car, and Sofia has a dream that she tells no-one: while walking on a desert, she gets to know that she is sick.

All these creatures by Charles WILLIAMS (2018) / (13 minutes)
English – Palme d’Or for Shorts 2018
An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unraveling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.

A Fistful of Pebbles by CHAP Somchanrith (2015) / (07 minutes)
Khmer with English subtitles  CSFF 2015 Winner
A mysterious man finds himself in the moody monsoon, in a village terrorized by a local gang.

Good-Bye, Phnom Penh by NEANG Kavich (2016) / (17 minutes)
Khmer with English subtitles  CSFF 2016 Winner
Hidden in a hotel in the capital city of Phnom Penh, a young couple spends their final days together before one of them has to return to their homeland.

The Dinner by NETH Inrasethythep (2017) / (15 minutes)
Khmer with English subtitles CSFF 2017 Winner
When love is extreme, so are the consequences. A dark and edgy tale of love gone to the limits of reason.


4:30pm. Samouni Road by Stefano SAVONA (2018) / (128 minutes)
Hebrew with French subtitles Directors’ Fortnight / L’Oeil d’or Documentary Award
In the rural outskirts of Gaza City, the Samouni family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the lastest war.Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.

7pm. To the Ends of the World by Guillaume NICLOUX (2018) / (143 minutes)
French with English subtitles – Directors’ Fortnight
Indochina, 1945.A young French soldier, Robert Tassen, survives a brutal massacre in which his brother dies in front of his eyes.Thirsty for revenge, he sets off alone, on a secret mission to find the assassins.

Monday October 29th

Disclaimer: the screenings scheduled on Monday, October 29 will take place at the Prime Cineplex Sovanna Mall. The IFC Pass is not applicable for these screenings.

5pm. Burning by LEE Chang-Dong (2018) / (148 minutes)
Korean with English subtitles – Official Competition
Disclaimer: forbidden for people under 18
Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away. On her return, she introduces Jongsu to an enigmatic young man named Ben, whom she met during her trip. One day, Ben tells Jongsu about a most unusual hobby…

7:30pm. Long Day’s Journey into night by BI Gan (2018) / (130 minutes)
Mandarin with English subtitles – Un certain regard
Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled many years ago. He begins the search for the woman he loved, and whom he has never been able to forget.

Tuesday October 30th

9pm. Rafiki by Wanuri KAHIU (2018) / (82 minutes)
Swahili with English subtitles – Un certain regard
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives.” Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety in a conservative society.

Wednesday October 31st

In the presence of Charles TESSON, General Representative of the International Critics’ Week

7pm. Ultra Pulpe by Bertrand MANDICO (2018) / (37 minutes)
French with English subtitles International Critics’ Week
An abandoned seaside resorts. The shooting for a fantasy film about the end of an era wraps up. Two women, both members of the film crew, are on the verge of concluding their love affair.

9pm. Diamantino by Gabriel ABRANTES and Daniel SCHMIDT (2018) / (92 minutes)
Portuguese with English subtitles International Critics’ Week / Grand Prix Nespresso
Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace.Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey…

Thursday November 1st

In the presence of Charles TESSON, General Representative of the International Critics’ Week

7pm. Chris the Swiss by Anja KOFMEL (2018) / (85 minutes)
German, Spanish, with English subtitles International Critics’ Week
Croatia, January 1992: In the middle of the war, a young journalists’ body is found dressed with the uniform of an international mercenary group. 19 years later, his cousin Anja Kofmelinvestigates to understand his story.

9pm. Sauvage by Camille VIDAL-NAQUET (2018) / (97 minutes)
French with English subtitles International Critics’ Week / Rising Star Award
Disclaimer: not recommended for people under 18
Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here… longing for love.

Friday November 2nd

7pm. Los Silencios by Beatriz SEIGNER (2018) / (87 minutes)
Spanish, Portuguese with English subtitles Directors’ Fortnight
Amparo and her two children, Nuria and Fabio, arrive in a small island in the middle of Amazonia, after running away from the Colombian armed conflict in which her husband disappeared.One day, he reappears. The family is haunted by this strange secret and discovers the island is populated by ghosts.

9:30pm. Knife + Heart by Yann GONZALEZ (2018) / (100 minutes)
French with English subtitles Official Competition
Disclaimer: not recommended for people under 16
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film.But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

Saturday November 3rd

10am. Ten Years Thailand by Aditya ASSARAT, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Wisit SASANATIENG and Chulayarnnon SIRIPHOL (2018) / (95 minutes)
Thai with English subtitles  Séances Spéciales
10 Years Thailand is an omnibus film inviting four Thai directors to imagine their country a decade from now. Each contributes an episode that taken together, sound a warning about the current political situation in Thailand. What will the decade ahead look like?

2pm. L’amour debout by Michaël DACHEUX (2018) / (95 minutes)
French with English subtitles – ACID Selection 
Martin, out of desperation, joins Léa in Paris. They are both 25, and they were both each other’s first love. Now, each of them is building their adult life, come what may.