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Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Direction
Year
2019
Country
  • Cambodia
  • France
Runtime
78min
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“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.

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  • Original Title
    Last Night I Saw You Smiling
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Kavich Neang
  • Editing
    Félix Rehm
  • Music
    Vincent Villa
  • Sound
    Vincent Villa
  • Runtime
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    • Cambodia
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • IFFR 2019, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
    • CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2019, PARIS, FRANCE
    • VISIONS DU RÉEL 2019, NYON, SWITZERLAND
    • ART OF THE REAL 2019 - FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK, NY, USA
    • JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019, JEONJU, SOUTH KOREA
    • SUBVERSIVE FESTIVAL 2019, ZAGREB, CROATIA
    • LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2019
    • CAAMFEST 2019, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA
    • CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2019
    • TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL 2019
    • BANGKOK ASEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019
    • LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2019
    • EBS INT'L DOC FESTIVAL 2019 - SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
    • WATHANN FF 2019, YANGON, MYANMAR
    • KOTA KINABALU IFF 2019, KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA
    • BLACK CANVAS FCC 2019, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
    • SEMINCI 2019, VALLADOLID, SPAIN
  • Awards
    • NETPAC AWARD - IFFR 2019 BRIGHT FUTURE COMPETITION, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
    • SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019, SOUTH KOREA
    • SPECIAL JURY AWARD - LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2019, USA
    • BEST DIRECTOR, DOCUMENTARY - TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL 2019, USA
    • BEST IMAGE - JANELA DE CINEMA DO RECIFE 2019, BRASIL
    • SPECIAL MENTION - TOKYO FILMEX 2019, JAPAN
    • STUDENT JURY PRIZE - TOKYO FILMEX 2019, JAPAN

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