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by Davy Chou


A nocturnal drive along a rural highway into a city at dawn that is somehow moving in the wrong direction. It is only after a while that you notice that the vehicles are travelling backwards, receding back into the dusk of reality. This mysterious metaphor forms the starting point for a journey into the unknown history of Cambodian film. Nearly 400 films were made in Phnom Penh between 1960 and 1975, only 30 of which survive today. The Khmer Rouge burnt them or allowed them to decay along with many of the country’s studios and cinemas. Most of those involved in the film industry became victims of the genocide. Director Davy Chou, the grandson of one of the most important film producers of the ‘Golden Age’ of Cambodian cinema, uses his film to reconstruct the country’s cinematographic legacy.

original title: Le Sommeil d'or
country: France, Cambodia
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2011
genre: documentary
directed by: Davy Chou
film run: 100'
release date: FR 19/09/2012
cinematography by: Thomas Favel
film editing: Laurent Leveneur
music: Jérôme Harre
production: Vycky Films, Araucania Films, Studio 37, Bophana Production/Cambodia
distributor: Bodega Films

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