Award-winning Cambodian movie, The Last Reel (www.thelastreel.info), will be available to watch for FREE online on the Frame-io website from Monday 13 April until the end of April 2020 in honour of Khmer New Year or Chaul Chnam 2563.
“As the world is overwhelmed by the Coronavirus Crisis that has infected every corner of the world and put the global economy on life-support, many are stuck at home under lockdowns or travel restrictions and this is one small way that Hanuman Films can help to educate and entertain at this time,” the press release from Hanuman Films mentioned.
The Last Reel is one of the first feature films to be directed by a Cambodian woman, Kulikar Sotho, and was shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013 with a cast of leading local talent, including Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy and Ros Mony. It is a Hanuman Films production. The movie also won multiple international awards
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Gii_klcdikY or the full movie here:
BACKGROUND OF THE MOVIE
“A lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.”
INTERNATIONAL FILM REVIEWS
The Hollywood Reporter
“With The Last Reel, Cambodian cinema’s resurgence as a filmmaking force continues apace… Sotho Kulikar conjures remarkable performances from her lead actresses in an attempt to reflect historical schisms through the tropes of rebellious-daughter family drama.”
“The re-emergence of Cambodian cinema continues impressively with “The Last Reel,” a well-produced, thematically rich drama about a rebellious female student in contemporary Phnom Penh”
“The spotlight falls on another lost tradition in Kulikar Sotho’s The Last Reel, a deeply moving memoir of the golden age of Cambodian cinema that was swept away and all but eradicated by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.”