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SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT

by Detlev W. Buck

synopsis

Benjamin, a young German, decides to set off to discover Asia with his best friend. In Phnom Penh he meets Sreykeo, a Cambodian with whom he immediately falls in love. After their first night together, Benjamin learns that the young woman works as a bar hostess to help her family and she is HIV positive, but this revelation in no way detracts from the pleasure he takes in spending time with her and discovering this exotic country. Thanks to Seiko, Benjamin’s view of the world gradually begins to change. Back in Germany, he realises that this relationship means far more to him than a simple holiday romance and, to general astonishment, decides to fight come what may to make it a long-term reality.

original title: Same Same But Different
country: Germany
sales agent: Boje Buck Produktion GmbH
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Detlev W. Buck
screenplay: Ruth Toma
cast: David Kross, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Stefan Konarske, Jens Harzer, Anne Müller, Wanda Badwal
cinematography by: Jana Marsik
film editing: Dirk Grau
art director: Udo Kramer
producer: Claus Boje
production: Boje Buck Produktion, NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFoerderung Hamburg
distributor: Delphi Film Verleih

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Locarno International Film Festival Variety Piazza Grande Award
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