Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stepping into the unknown

Ros Mony (left) and Sang Malen, hoping to walk the red carpet in Venice next week
I spent a couple of hours with two young Cambodians who will hopefully get a taste of the spotlight next week, if they can get the necessary travel visas to join the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Ros Mony and Sang Malen are the young stars of the feature movie Ruin, which will have its premiere release at the prestigious festival. The festival committee has invited them to walk the red carpet and enjoy the glamour of this major international event but its whether they can get what is known as a Schengen visa or not, over the next few days. Mony is an old hand at visiting China and Japan while Malen has been to Vietnam and Laos, but Europe is a totally different proposition. They are both graduates from the Royal University of Fine Arts, with Malen coming from a circus background and Mony from dance and drum-playing (with Sovanna Phum) before they were picked to be the two main stars of this made-in-Cambodia love story. Mony has made other films such as Wish You Were Here and is involved in The Last Reel, which has just been completed, but for Malen, Ruin, which was known as Om Tuk whilst it was being filmed, is her first foray into acting. They are torn about visiting Italy, as it's far from home and the paperwork is bewildering but it's also exciting and a step into the unknown. Fingers crossed for the likeable pair of young actors.

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