20 Films you cannot miss at the 10th Cambodia International Film Festival (Part 1)

cambodiafilms2020We present a list of twenty films you shouldn’t miss at the 10th Cambodia International Film Festival which will take place from March 13th – 22nd (2020) at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

About the festival:
The Cambodia International Film Festival is the most significant and industry driven film event in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Every year, the event features prominent pictures and hosts guests from Cambodia and abroad. CIFF is aimed at sensitizing audiences to the Art of cinema, promote innovative international film making in various forms and present quality productions made in and about Cambodia by national and international filmmakers.

Selected Films:


Goodbye Mother

Goodbye Mother by Trinh Dinh Le Minh – Vietnam | 2019 – 105 minutes
Section: Colorful World

Van, a Vietnamese bachelor, returns from the U.S. for the first time in 9 years for the move of his father’s tomb. The whole family is surprised upon finding him going with a young Vietnamese American named Ian.

March 18th | Wednesday | Legend Toul Kork (TK Avenue) | 3:50 pm
March 21st | Saturday | Legend Eden | 7:30 pm




Jeux de Plage

Jeux de Plage by Aimi Natsuto – Japan | 2019 – 77 minutes
Section: Woman in Asian Cinema

Three college students, Sayaka, Yui and Yui’s best friend Momoko head to the seaside town of Shonan and stay in a large guest house which is where numerous romantic waifs and stays wash up. Being young and attractive, the three are the targets of interest from nearby boys.

March 17th | Tuesday | Legend Premium (Exchange Square) | 4:10 pm
March 21st | Saturday | Legend City Mall | 3:50 pm




John Denver Trending

John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez – Philippines | 2019 – 100 minutes
Section: Feature Films International

A 14-year old farmboy’s life suddenly upended when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate went viral.

March 22nd | Sunday | Legend Premium (Exchange Square) | 2:00 pm




Jungle Guard

Jungle Guard by Ouch Makara – Cambodia | 2019 – 56 minutes
Section: Beautiful Planet

Portrays the life of a unique Buddhist monk community that has voluntary assumed the role of protector of a large parcel of natural forest and its indigenous wildlife, fish and related resources.

March 14th | Saturday | Rose Wood Hotel (Level 35) | 11:00 am
March 15th | Sunday | Chaktomuk Theater | 4:00 pm
March 16th | Monday | Bophana Center | 7:00 pm
March 19th | Thursday | Bophana Center | 8:00 pm




Just like that

Just Like That by Kislay – India | 2019 – 109 minutes
Section: Feature Films International

Mrs. Sharma is the wife of a respected, small-time government employee in Allahabad. When her husband dies, she is expected to move in with her son and grandchildren. But the woman wants to live by herself.

March 20th | Friday | Legend Eden | 4:45 pm



Kim Ji-Young

Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982 by Kim Do-young – South Korea | 2019 – 118 minutes
Section: Feature Films International

Kim Ji-young, an ordinary woman in her 30s, suddenly shows sign of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and other sisters, and the stories of the people connected to her.

March 14th | Saturday | Major Cineplex (Soriya) | 5:00 pm
March 17th | Tuesday | Legend City Mall | 7:45 pm





Konpaku by Remil M Sali – Singapore | 2018 – 109 minutes
Section: Scary World

Haqim’s life is a at a standstill, having lost his girlfriend to his best friend. A chance meeting with the sensual Japanese girl Midori, returns his faith in love. Their growing passion takes on a darkness, when strange things happen to those close to him.

March 15th | Sunday | Major Cineplex (Soriya) | 4:30 pm
March 18th | Wednesday | Legend City Mall | 7:50 pm
March 20th | Friday | Major Cineplex (Soriya) | 8:00 pm




Last night i saw you smiling

Last night I saw you smiling by Neang Kavich – Cambodia | 2019 – 77 minutes
Section: Glimpse of Cambodia

The White Building, an iconic structure home to 493 families in Phnom Penh, faces demolition. In the building’s final days, director Kavich Naeng follows his own family and neighbors as they pack belongings, share memories and anxieties, and eventually move out before the building’s total destruction.

March 15th | Sunday | Legend Premium (Exchange Square) | 2:30 pm
March 15th | Sunday | CIFF Village (Exchange Square) | 6:30 pm
March 16th | Monday | Legend City Mall | 7:40 pm
March 19th | Thursday | Major Cineplex (Aeon Mall 1) | 7:30 pm





Lingua Franca by Isabel Sandoval – Philippines, USA | 2019 – 89 minutes
Section: Colorful World

Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga’s adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

March 19th | Thursday | Legend Toul Kork (TK Avenue) | 6:00 pm
March 20th | Friday | Legend City Mall | 5:20 pm




Mekong 2030

Mekong 2030 by Anocha Suwichakornpong, Anysay Keola, Pham Ngoc Lan, Sai Naw Kham, Kulikar Sotho – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnma | 2019 – 94 minutes
Section: Feature Films International

A collection of short narrative films that envision the future of the Mekong River from five different national and cultural perspective. Set in the yar 2030, they aim to both entertain and inspire audiences to actively protect this critical life source.

March 20th | Friday | Legend Premium (Exchange Square) | 3:30 pm
March 21st | Saturday | Rosewood Hotel (Level 35) | 2:00 pm
March 21st | Saturday | Major Cineplex (Soriya) | 4:00 pm


To see the second part of this article, go here: PART 2 (Soon)

For more information about the programme and schedule please visit the official website of the festival here:

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