Last Night I Saw You Smiling

យប់មិញបងឃើញអូនញញឹម | Kavich Neang | Cambodia, France | 2019 | 78 minutes

SYNOPSIS

One decade after Cambodia’s independence and amid a movement of New Khmer Architecture, the Municipal Apartments, also known as the White Building, were constructed. The 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 ultimately led to its demise. Upon learning that the residing families of the White Building have agreed to vacate the building for a condo development, director Kavich Neang, who was raised inside its walls, films the final days of the historic modernist structure amid its demolition. He documents the departure of his own family and two long-time neighbors, as well as the other residents, as they move out from the greying white building, and bid farewell to the place they long called home. Only memory remains.

OTHER DETAILS

Production Company
Anti-Archive
Apsara Films

Website
Anti-Archive Website

PROGRAMS PARTICIPATED

Docs By The Sea 2017

ACHIEVEMENT

NETPAC Award, World Premiere
IFFR
Bright Future Competition
2019

Special Jury Prize
Jeonju International
Film Festival
2019

Special Jury Award
Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival
2019

Grant
Graham Foundation for
Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
2018

Grant
Kone
Foundation
2018

BIFF Mecenat Fund
Asian Network of
Documentaries
2018

International Promotion Fund
Talents Tokyo
Next Masters Support
2018

Post-Production Fund
Purin
Pictures
2018

FILMMAKERS

Last Night I Saw You Smiling-Kavich Neang

KAVICH NEANG
DIRECTOR, DP

Kavich Neang was raised in Phnom Penh’s landmark White Building. He made short films, both documentary: A Scale Boy (2011) and Where I Go (2013), and fiction: Three Wheels (2015), Goodbye Phnom Penh (2015), and New Land Broken Road (2018). In 2013, he joined Busan’s Asian Film Academy, and in 2014, he co-founded Anti-Archive. In 2019, his documentary Last Night I Saw You Smiling premiered and won the NETPAC Award at IFFR. He will shoot his debut narrative feature, Building, this year.

Last Night I Saw You Smiling-Davy Chou

DAVY CHOU
PRODUCER

Davy Chou is a French-Khmer filmmaker and producer. In 2009, he established a film workshop in Cambodia and in 2014, he co-founded Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. As a filmmaker, he has gained attention with Golden Slumbers (2011, Berlinale Forum, Busan) and Diamond Island (2016, SACD Award, Cannes Critics’ Week). With Anti-Archive, he has produced all of Kavich Neang’s recent work, as well as A Million Years and Waxing Moon.

Last Night I Saw You Smiling-Daniel Mattes

DANIEL MATTES
PRODUCER

Daniel Mattes is an American researcher, writer, and producer. Since 2012, he has monitored and researched the proceedings before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia with a Stanford University-based research center. He recently made his first steps in production, as the producer of Kavich Neang’s films, and as project coordinator for the 3 short films under the Echoes from Tomorrow portfolio. He also co-wrote Building, Kavich Neang’s narrative feature debut.

Last Night I Saw You Smiling-Marine Arrighi de Casanova

MARINE ARRIGHI DE CASANOVA
CO-PRODUCER

Marine Arrighi de Casanova created Apsara Films alongside Isabelle Tillou and Lucie Borleteau in 2013. She produced the features Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey, by Lucie Borleteau (Locarno, 2014) and Whatever Happened to My Revolution (Jury Prize in Angoulême, 2018) by Judith Davis. With Kavich Neang, she has produced his short films, Three Wheels and Goodbye Phnom Penh, and she is currently co-producing Building along with multiple other features.

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