Monday, March 18, 2013

The plot thickens

The Last Reel is a Cambodian owned, produced and financed feature film. The Producers believe that The Last Reel is uniquely placed to lead a cinema revival in Cambodia. The Last Reel is about filmmaking and filmmakers - a nostalgia for the glory days of Cambodian cinema and a rallying call for the re-emergence of the film industry in the contemporary context. Filming, under the control of debutant director Kulikar Sotho, will begin next month, with the film's release scheduled for 2014. The film's cast will include Dy Saveth, Ma Darnet and Sok Sithoun.

The plot for the film is as follows:
When Sophoun, the directionless daughter of a hard-line Khmer Colonel runs away from an arranged marriage, she finds refuge in an abandoned cinema. There she discovers an incomplete melodrama from pre-Khmer Rouge times, a film which starred her now desperately ill mother as a young woman; a different world, a different time. With the help of the elderly projectionist, she decides to remake the missing last reel. By screening the film to her mother, she hopes to remind her of a life she'd once lived and try to mend the psychological scars that still torment her. But no one and nothing is what it seems. Remaking the last reel offers Sophoun a chance to dictate her own destiny but at the cost of uncovering some painful truths about her family and her past.

I'll bring you more as the feature film develops.

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