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Bodeng sar (White Building)

Orizzonti

Director:
Kavich Neang
Production:
Anti-Archive (Davy Chou), Apsara Films (Marine Arrighi de Casanova), Xstream Pictures (Jia Zhang-ke), Kongchak Pictures (Loy Te), Rotha Moeng, Brandon Hashimoto
Running Time:
90’
Language:
Khmer
Country:
Cambodia, France, China, Qatar
Main Cast:
Piseth Chhun, Sithan Hout, Sokha Uk, Chinnaro Soem, Sovann Tho, Jany Min, Chandalin Y
Screenplay:
Kavich Neang, Daniel Mattes
Cinematographer:
Douglas Seok
Editor:
Félix Rehm
Production Designer:
Tith Kanitha, Anne-Sorya Fitte
Costume Designer:
Chea Sovettorn
Music:
Jean-Charles Bastion
Sound:
Vincent Villa, Touch Sopheakdey
Visual Effects:
Alexis Bertrand

Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Samnang and two of his friends live in the White Building, a landmark tenement in Phnom Penh. In this fast-changing city, the three boys practice their dance routine dreaming of television talent contests while their parents lead a more traditional lifestyle. But the White Building is to be demolished. Samnang observes his father unsuccessfully attempting to bring together his divided neighbours on the government’s compensation offers for residents to move out, and he must face his best friend’s departure from Cambodia. Samnang finds that the stable environment he has always called home is on shaky ground.

Director’s Statement

Phnom Penh seems to change every day, but our memories remain. My family’s 2017 eviction from the White Building, an historic apartment block, made way for new casino developments. Like my parents’ generation, which suffered through Cambodia’s troubled past, my generation now carries the traumas of the present. Young people, like my film’s protagonist, Samnang, dream of something better in the new Cambodia. Yet larger decisions are still out of their hands, and parents like Samnang’s remain stubbornly tied to tradition. But this film allowed me to imagine again. The fiction frees Samnang from my own path. He wakes up from a long sleep. He recalls the past but charts his own future.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Davy Chou – Anti-Archive
83A, Street 93, Sangkat Srah Chork, Khan Daun Penh
120210 – Phnom Penh, Cambogia
Tel. +855 61 921 810
davy.chou@antiarchive.com
http://www.antiarchive.com
http://www.facebook.com/antiarchive

PRODUCTION 2: Marine Arrighi de Casanova – Apsara Films
1, impasse de la Baleine
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 622618128
m.arrighi@apsarafilms.fr
http://www.facebook.com/apsarafilms

PRODUCTION 3: Jia Zhang-ke – Xstream Pictures
1st Floor, C&C Park, Building 2, Meishuguan Back Street No 77, Dongcheng District
100010 – Beijing, China
Tel. +86 185 1977 8976
josiechou@fabulaentertainment.com

PRODUCTION 4: Loy Te – Kongchak Pictures
20, Street 598C, Phum Tomnob, Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Khan Sen Sok
120801 – Phnom Penh, Cambogia
Tel. +855 81666717
loy@kongchak.com
http://www.kongchak.com
http://www.facebook.com/kongchakpictures

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Rotha Moeng (Cambogia), Brandon Hashimoto (USA)

WORLD SALES: Alice Lesort – Les Films du Losange
22, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75016 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 661480123
a.lesort@filmsdulosange.fr
http://filmsdulosange.com/en/

PRESS OFFICE: Simone Devlin – PREMIER
2-4 Bucknall Street
WC2H 8LA – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 207 292 5097
whitebuilding@premiercomms.com


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