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by Rithy Panh


For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia...On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.

international title: The Missing Picture
original title: L'image manquante
country: Cambodia, France
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Rithy Panh
film run: 95'
release date: GB 03/01/2014, NL 27/03/2014
screenplay: Rithy Panh
cinematography by: Prum Messa, Rithy Panh
film editing: Rithy Panh, Marie-Christine Rougerie
production: CDP - Catherine Dussart Productions
distributor: New Wave Films, Contact Film Cinematheek, Movies Inspired, Abordar Casa de Películas

main awards/selection

Cannes 2013 Un Certain Regard
Best film
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2013 
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2013 
Jerusalem Film Festival 2013 
Gindou Film Festival 2013 
San Sebastián Film Festival 2013 
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2013 
New York Film Festival 2013 
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2013 
Hawaii Film Festival 2013 
Chicago International Film Festival 2013 
AFI Fest 2013 
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2013 
Torino Film Festival 2013 
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013 

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