Last Night I Saw You Smiling
Cambodia | 2019 | DCP | Color | 78 min | Kavich Neang
THURSDAY 3 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 17:00 HRS | 78 MIN
MONDAY 7 | CINEMEX REFORMA CASA DE ARTE SALA 1 | 15:00 HRS | 78 MIN
Director: Kavich Neang
Producer: Davy Chou, Daniel Mattes (Anti-Archive, Camboya), Marine Arrighi de Casanova (Aspara Films, France).
Cinematography: Kavich Neang
Editing: Félix Rehm
Sound: Vicent Villa
Music: Vicent Villa
Production Company: Anti-Archive, Aspara Films
Cast: Chhunat Pok, Thida Nop, Rany Bo, Sphanara Dy, Sandap Suos, Sithul leng, C-Leap, Sokha Hun, Dyda Pok, Sody Neang, Visal Neang.
“We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart.” Filmmaker Kavich Neang’s father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation’s Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centered within its walls; and, the rapid pace of capitalist development that would ultimately lead to its demise. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Neang, born here in 1987 and raised inside, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. When demolition comes, it’s all just a memory.
Kavich Neang (director and cinematographer) was born in 1987 and raised in Phnom Penh’s landmark White Building. His first two shorts were documentaries produced by Rithy Panh: A Scale Boy (2011), and Where I Go (2013). In 2013, he joined Busan’s Asian Film Academy, and in 2014, he co-founded Anti-Archive. In 2015, he directed two short fictions, Three Wheels (premiere: Busan), and Goodbye Phnom Penh. In 2018, his short fiction, New Land Broken Road, premiered in Singapore. Kavich has joined Talents Tokyo, Visions du Reel’s Docs-in-Progress, and Cannes Cinéfondation’s Residency. In 2019, his full-length documentary Last Night I Saw You Smiling won the NETPAC Award at IFFR and the Special Jury Prize at Jeonju-IFF. He is now preparing to shoot his first narrative feature, White Building.
International Film Festival Rotterdam- Netpac Award Winner 2019, Netherlands.
Cinema Du Réel – International Film Competition 2019, France.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Special Jury Award, International Documentary Feature 2019, USA.
Jeonju International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize 2019, South Korea.