Friday, November 19, 2010
Lost Loves. It's based on the true story of his mother-in-law, Leav Sila, who like so many of her countrymen and women suffered extreme hardships and acute unhappiness during the regime's control of her country in the Seventies. It's a brave attempt by Bora to put a human face on the Cambodian suffering, with his wife Kauv Sotheary taking the film's main lead, as well as writing the story about her own mother. There was lots of pain and tears as you might expect, afterall the main character lost her father, brother and two children, but the indomitable spirit of the survivors of that period shone through, accompanied by some gorgeous shots of the Cambodian countryside, all captured during a 45-day shooting period. The film was premiered at the recent international film festival in Phnom Penh and the director hopes to show it abroad, if funds prevail. One familiar face on screen was Nou Sondab, who played the part of Auntie Sok. She is the mother of contemporary dancer Belle and has been a well-known actress on Khmer television for many years.