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12 Films you cannot miss at the 9th Cambodia International Film Festival

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We present a list of twelve films you shouldn’t miss at the 9th Cambodia International Film Festival which will take place from March 9th – 14th, 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A Land Imagined

A Land Imagined by Siew Hua Yeo – Singapore, France, Netherlands | 2018 – 96 min.

A lonely construction worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site, and a sleepless police investigator must put himself in the mind of the migrant to uncover the truth beneath all that sand.

Schedule:
March 12th | Tuesday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall) | 5:00 pm

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Come on Irene

Come on Irene by Keisuke Yoshida – Japan | 2018 – 137 min.

The film centers on Iwao Shishido, who at age forty suddenly leaves his rural village, but returns with a foreign bride during his father’s funeral.

Schedule:
March 10th | Sunday | Major Cineplex (Sorya) | 5:30 pm
March 14th | Thursday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall) | 2:00 pm

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Deadma Walking

Deadma Walking by Julius Alfonso – Philippines | 2017 – 109 min.

Deadma Walking is a Palanca-winning story about terminally-ill John and his race against death. He enlists the help of his Boyfriend Mark to stage the grandest, most fabulous, fake funeral EVER.

Schedule:
March 10th | Sunday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall) | 1:00 pm
March 13th | Wednesday | Legend Cinema (Eden Mall) | 3:00 pm

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Die Tomorrow

Die Tomorrow by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit – Thailand | 2017 – 75 min.

An anthology of short stories about the last day of people’s lives inspired by newspaper headlines from 2012-2016.

Schedule:
March 9th | Saturday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall) | 12:30 pm
March 10th | Sunday | Prime Cineplex (Atrium Hall) | 4:50 pm

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Graves Without a Name

Graves Without a Name by Rithy Panh – Cambodia, France | 2018 – 115 min.

In Rithy Panh’s latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.

Schedule:
March 10th | Sunday | Legend Cinema (Eden Mall) | 4:30pm
March 14th | Thursday | Legend Cinema (Eden Mall) | 2:30pm

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In the life of music

In the life of music by Caylee So & Visal Sok – USA, Cambodia | 2018 – 92 min.

In the Life of Music is a powerful intergenerational tale that explores love, war, and a family’s relationship to: ‘Champa Battambang,’ made famous by Sinn Sisamouth (The King of Cambodian Music). Exploring three different decades, it depicts the lives of people whose world is inevitably transformed by the emergence of the Khmer Rouge Regime.

Schedule:
March 12th | Tuesday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Hall) | 7:00 pm
March 12th | Tuesday | Legend Cinema (Exchange Square) | 8:45 pm

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Memories of my body

Memories of my Body by Garin Nugroho – Indonesia | 2018 – 105 min.

In Center Java Juno, a pre-teen abandoned by his father, joins a Lengger dance centre where men assume feminine appearances but the political and social upheaval in Indonesia forces him on the road, meeting remarkable people on his journey.

Schedule:
March 12th | Tuesday | Major Cineplex (Sorya) | 6:15 pm
March 13th | Wednesday | Major Cineplex (Aeron Mall) | 8:00 pm

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Nakorn-Sawan

Nakorn Sawan by Puangsoi Aksornsawang – Thailand | 2018 – 77 min.

Aoey seeks the Pak Nam Po River believed to reach heaven in order to send her mother, who recently passed away, to the afterworld. Early in the morning, she boards a boat and embarks on her journey with her father, other family members, and an old friend who is now a monk.

Schedule:
March 12th | Tuesday | Prime Cineplex (Atrium Mall) | 1:00 pm
March 13th | Wednesday | Legend Cinema (City Mall) | 5:00 pm

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Season of the devil

Season of the Devil by Lav Diaz – Philippines | 2018 – 234 min.

An anti-musical musical, a rock opera, that delves into mythology. Screening of Lav Diaz Award winning film in the exceptional presence of lead actress Shaina Magdayo.

Schedule:
March 13th | Wednesday | Legend Cinema (Exchange Square) | 6:30 pm

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The Decaying

The Decaying by Sonny Calvento – Philippines | 2017 – 94 min.

When a Filipina woman goes missing, the residents of her small town try to pin murder on her American husband. Part thriller and part social critique, The Decaying asks if the rot is in the house, the marriage, the town or in Philippine society.

Schedule:
March 10th | Sunday | Legend Cinema (Exchange Square) | 4:30 pm
March 11th | Monday | Legend Cinema (Exchange Square) | 3:00 pm

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The Missing Picture

The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh – Cambodia, France | 2013 – 96 min.

“For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. So I created it. ” Rithy Panh

Schedule:
March 10th | Sunday | Bophana Center | 7:00 pm
March 12th | Tuesday | Chaktomuk Hall | 7:00 pm

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The Seen and Unseen

The Seen and Unseen by Kamila Andini – Indonesia | 2017 – 86 min.

A young girl seeks out imaginative ways to cope with the death of her twin brother. A fantastic fairy tale about the metaphysical connection that unites two twins, an unbreakable bond that can’t be understood rationally, but rather through the eyes of the local religion that enchants their story.

Schedule:
March 13th | Wednesday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall) | 6:00 pm

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