For the first time in an international film festival since 1975, three old Khmer classics among the most legendary films from that time will be shown in Berlin:
– 12 Sisters (Puthysen Neang Kornrey) by Ly Bun Yim in 35mm scope (13th February 2012 at Berlinale’s Forum)
– The Snake Man (Puos Keng Kang) by Tea Lim Koun in new digitalized version (14th February 2012 at Berlinale’s Forum)
– Peov Chouk Sor by Tea Lim Koun in its original 16mm print (15th February 2012 at Berlinale’s Forum)
With the presence of directors Ly Bun Yim and Tea Lim Koun, and the legendary actress Dy Saveth starring in both Snake Man and Peov Chouk Sor.
And, of course, Golden Slumbers by Davy Chou in the main program, with the additionnal presence of filmmaker Ly You Sreang.
“However, the most special adventure of all has been the re-discovery of the Cambodian cinema of the 60s and the early 70s. The documentary “Le sommeil d’or” by Chou Davy is dedicated to this “Golden Age”, with the one-off screening of three films by directors Ly Bun Yim and Tea Lim Koun rescued from Cambodia’s tragic history allowing us to gain insight into a largely unfamiliar film nation’s past.”
(Edito of Christoph Terhechte, head of the Forum of the Berlinale.You can also read a full interview here where he speaks about Cambodian cinema).