While reading news on Internet and Facebook news feed yesterday evening, most of my friends shared and congratulated on "Cambodia's first Oscar nomination" then I have tried to read and search more detail. So, I found it! It is true, and it really makes me feel proud of that news as I am a movie hunter and Cambodian citizen too.
This Khmer movie titled "កង្វះរូបភាព (in Khmer language) or The Missing Picture" which directed by Cambodian famous film-maker, Mr. Rithy Panh.
As posted on the official Facebook page of the movie and stated on Oscar website, this is the first Academy Award nomination for Cambodia at the 86th Oscar Academy Awards.
Does it the first Cambodia films submit to Oscar committee?
No, it is the third submission that Cambodia has submitted to Oscar, The Foreign Language Film Award Committee. The first Oscar submission, The Rice People "អ្នកស្រែ (Neak Sre)" - in 1994 at the 67th Academy Awards, is a Khmer language drama also directed by Mr. Rithy Panh, about a family of women struggling to survive after the death of the family patriarch from a foot infection. For the second submission, Lost Loves "ឃ្លាតទៅសែនឆ្ងាយ" - in 2012, is a drama film in the Khmer language that directed by Mr. Chhay Bora and based on real events - it is the first Cambodian film in more than 20 years to deal with facts during the Khmer Rouge era.
You can watch its trailer and find out more about the-Oscar award movie as the following:
Note: You can watch it by translation into Khmer language
Film SynopsisFew images exist of the brutality unleashed on Cambodia by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge following the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975. Using clay figures to stand in for himself, his family and the many Cambodians whose lives were destroyed during the years that followed, Rithy Panh recreates a dark and bloody period in his country's history.
Directed by: Rithy PanhThe Missing Picture it won the Best Foreign Language Film of Oscar Awards in a selection of other 4 Nominees: The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), The Great Beauty (Italy), The Hunt (Denmark)
Produced by: Catherine Dussart
Written by: Rithy Panh
Narrated by: Randal Douc
Cinematography: Prum Mesa
Release dates: 19 May 2013 (Cannes)
Running time: 90 minutes