Showing posts with label Film. Show all posts
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First They Killed My Father - A Film by Angelina Jolie

After knowing the release announcement of Jailbreak movie - the biggest Cambodian action film at the end of this month that I have already planned to watch, now this new movie 'First They Killed My Father' which was directed by one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Angelina Jolie, whom most of Cambodian movie-lovers also know well, I have to arrange my schedule to watch it in February.

Before getting to know the film a bit more, have you ever read a book 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' by Ms. Loung Ung? If you did that is great but if not, and still interested, you can find it on Amazon. Honestly, I have never read it neither.

According to the official Facebook page, Netflix is proud to announce that the Cambodian premiere of the film will take place on 18th February in Cambodia. The premiere will be followed by other screenings around the country. Director Angelina Jolie is delighted to be returning to Cambodia, to fulfill her promise to premiere the film first for Cambodian people. The film, shot entirely in the Khmer language and with a Cambodian cast, was made for and by the Cambodian people. Angelina is looking forward to sharing this moment with them, alongside Loung Ung, whose story is told in the film, and her fellow producer Rithy Panh - his film 'The Missing Picture' got in the list of the 2014 Oscar Nominees.

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About the Film
First They Killed My Father (or in Khmer: មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហម សម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ញុំ) is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. The film was shot on location in Cambodia, between November 2015 and February 2016. It was filmed entirely in the Khmer language, and is the largest movie ever made in the country. The cast is made up entirely of Cambodian actors. Cambodian technicians, artisans and crafts people comprised the largest portion of the crew, along with more than 3,500 Cambodian background actors.
It is the largest movie ever made in the country, Cambodia.
Watch (clip): Director's & Producer's views, and some highlight scenes of the film

You also can see some of the behind-the-scene slide photos that photographed by Sabay News team.

How to Watch it?

  • Save your date on February 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and buy the ticket to watch it at any nearby theatres in Cambodia.
  • Or watch it online (any device, anywhere and anytime): you have to wait for the official release on Netflix movies on September 15, 2017 (maybe, as mentioned on the Facebook page), and you have to subscribe for monthly service on Netflix Cambodia (the fee starting from Basic $7.99, Standard $9.99, and Premium $11.99 per month) with two type of payment methods (Credit cards: Visa, Master, AMEX, and Paypal).
You have known the release date in Cambodia and for online streaming already so which way you will choose to watch? Will you really want to watch it?

[Update] First They Killed My Father Arrives Netflix on September 15,  2017.  Let watch the official trailer (HD Video) below:

For me, I will go to watch at the cinema. Hope to see you there in Phnom Penh city!

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First They Killed My Father Movie to Screen on February 18, 2017 in Cambodia

Cambodia has a proud history of filmmaking. During the golden age of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s, over 300 films were made in the Kingdom. I am the one who love watching movies so I am optimistic about the future of Cambodian cinema. Today, a new generation of Cambodian filmmakers is receiving well-deserved recognition for their tireless work. Earlier this year, Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” was the first Cambodian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. In October, film director Sotho Kulikar received the Spirit of Asia Award at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival for her entry “The Last Reel,” which opened the 5th Annual Cambodia International Film Festival on December 5-102014.
“The Last Reel” is the first full-length independent film by Hanuman Films, a Cambodian film production company runs by Kulikar. Joining the film as executive producer was American Lloyd Levin, who first came to Cambodia to work on the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” film. At Hanuman Films, they are working to raise Cambodia’s profile by bringing more international film productions to the country.

I think movies can give a voice to the past, and this is true for “The Last Reel,” which explores the legacy of civil war and the shadow it has cast over the next generation. Kulikar hopes her film “will play its part in a long overdue healing process in Cambodia, by encouraging generations old and young to talk more openly about the past.” I wish her dream would come true soon too.

Ms. Sotho Kulikar - Director's Message:
The Last Reel is a film about the remaking of a lost film, by a first-time woman director about a first-time woman director that suggest the process of making and watching films can reconcile the past and the present, victims and their tormentors, parents and children.

About Director:
Sotho Kulikar was Line Producer on Tomb Raider in 2000. Via her production company Hanuman Films she has produced many films and documentaries, including Ruin (Special Jury Prize, Venice 2013). The Last Reel is her directorial debut. Born in 1973, Kulikar grew up during the Khmer Rouge regime, and the subsequent turmoil and civil war.
Film Synopsis: When Sophoun’s father demands an arranged marriage she flees her imploding home and seeks refuge in a decrepit cinema. There, she is shocked to discover an incomplete 1970s melodrama, a film which starred her much loved but now desperately ill mother as a glamorous young woman. With the help of the cinema’s elderly projectionist Sophoun re-makes the missing last reel of the film. By premiering the film forty years late she hopes to remind her mother of a life she’d once lived and to mend the psychological scars that still haunt her.
Director/Producer: Sotho Kulikar
Screenplay/Producer: Ian Masters
Producer: Murray Pope
Executive Producer: Lloyd Levin, Sotho Tan, Nick Ray
Cinematographer: Bonnie Elliot
Editor: Katie Flaxman
Composer: Christopher Elves
Sound Designer: Brooke Tresize
Please have a watch of the trailers (Khmer & English version):

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