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Last Night I Saw You Smiling Kavich Neang

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Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim

The White Building in Phnom Penh was iconic. A slab of modern apartments with a social element, it survived a large swath of Cambodia’s tumultuous history: the birth of a newly independent monarchy, the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, and a cultural renewal during which it housed many artists. But it did not survive the adoption of globalized capitalism. Kavich Neang films the place where he grew up and the preparations of the last residents, including his father, to leave the building before its demolition. With an admirable sense of aesthetics and pacing, this first feature poignantly captures the melancholy of a place steeped in memories, history and humanity, its warren of decrepit walls soon to be just a memory.

Last Night I Saw You Smiling

  • Country : Cambodia, France
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : Khmer
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 78 MIN
  • Cinematography : Kavich Neang
  • Editing : Félix Rehm
  • Production : Davy Chou, Daniel Mattes
  • Music : Vincent Villa
  • Sound Design : Vincent Villa
Filmography of Kavich Neang :

A Scale Boy (2011)
Where I Go (2013)
Three Wheels (2015)
Goodbye Phnom Penh (2015)
New Land Broken Road (2018)

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