Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting closer

Nine films have been selected as semi-finalists for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and they include Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture. The final five contenders will be announced on 16 January and the winner gets to hear the good, or not so good news, on 2 March. Panh's 1994 film Rice People was also nominated for the same award but didn't make it this far. Cambodia's only other film to be nominated was Lost Loves by Chhay Bora, which didn't make the short-list either. The Missing Picture shows Panh piecing together his adolescence in a Khmer Rouge labour camp, through archives and reenactments using small clay figurines. Novel and effective. A trailer for The Missing Picture can be seen http://youtu.be/GBsf1TvX_WI.

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