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Judging the Vientianale

Judging the Vientianale IFF short film competition.

Hanuman Films Director Kulikar Sotho has been invited to join the Vientianale International Film Festival from 15-18 March 2018, in Vientiane, Laos. The festival is part of the celebration of Visit Laos 2018 Year. Kulikar will be a jury member for their short film competition, with over 100 short films from 25 countries being screened at the festival. In addition, her latest film, Beyond The Bridge, will be shown as part of the screening of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections project.

Game-show Asia Express completes its Cambodia leg

The Asia Express Romania reality game-show has completed its tour of Cambodia and crossed the border into Thailand, on the last leg of their Amazing-Race style television show in Southeast Asia.

Hanuman Films coordinated their filming in Stung Treng, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Phnom Penh, Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Luong, Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. The production packed a lot into a week of travel across Cambodia as contestants enjoyed various games and stayed with locals. Here are a few pictures including the show host Gina Pistol and the contestants, who are well-known television stars in Romania.

 

The Last Reel on Rental Platforms

The Last Reel is out now to rent on two online platforms, FilmDoo and Vimeo On Demand.

Finally, after much anticipation, the award-winning film The Last Reel, produced by Hanuman Films, is now available now for your online viewing.

After 8 international film festival awards, including the ‘Spirit of Asia Award’ at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the ‘Founder’s Grand Prize’ from Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival, it is now ready to watch in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may be on the move.

FilmDoo: https://www.filmdoo.com/films/the-last-reel/

Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelastreel

Top 10 Female Directors in South Asia

“The 10 Most Interesting Female Directors In South Asia.”

Sotho Kulikar, co-founder of Hanuman Films and award-winning director of #TheLastReel, is cited as one of the “10 most interesting female directors in South Asia” in FeminismInIndia.com.

“Before the Khmer Rouge seized power, Cambodia used to be renowned for its vibrant film culture. In ‘The Last Reel’, first-time director Kulikar Sotho (the first woman to direct a film in Cambodia since 1970!) revisits these days. This tale of a woman digging in Cambodia’s gruesome history by trying to complete a lost film from the 1970’s, is a beautiful ode to the power of cinema and a poignant account of a young woman’s search for recognition.”

Article: https://feminisminindia.com/2017/04/13/ten-female-directors-south-asia/

Beyond The Bridge World Premiere

‘Beyond the Bridge’ Confirmed for World Premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival 2016.

Part of the Asian Three-Fold Mirror project which brings together three talented directors from Japan and other Asian countries to create a series of short films with a common theme, ‘Beyond the Bridge’ is the second film from award-winning Director Sotho Kulikar.

Sotho Kulikar’s Cambodia episode, ‘Beyond The Bridge’, is a love story that transcends time and borders. Her second film following her award-winning directorial debut, #TheLastReel (Spirit of Asia Award at #TIFFJP2014), it portrays a love story that begins in Cambodia against the backdrop of the nation’s civil war and the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge located in Phnom Penh. The piece stars Masaya Kato, a prolific Japanese actor who is active internationally. Playing opposite Kato is Cambodian dancer-choreographer Chumvan Sodhachivy, who recently appeared in Amon Miyamoto’s theatrical production “The Terrace of the Leper King” in Japan.

http://2016.tiff-jp.net/news/en/?p=11302

Best Film at Traverse City Film Festival

The Last Reel scoops the Grand Prize for Best Film at the Traverse City Film Festival 2016.

Director Kulikar Sotho with Festival Founder Michael Moore.

Below is the livestream video of the Traverse City Film Festival Awards Night 2016. The Grand Prize is announced around the 27 minute mark and Academy Award-winning Director Michael Moore invites Director Kulikar Sotho up to receive the prize. She gives a moving acceptance speech before giving an extensive 5-minute interview around the 32m mark. She dedicates this award to the people of Cambodia.

Festival Founder Michael Moore calls it a ‘beautiful, beautiful film’ and ‘true festival gem’ and hopes to help it secure an indie theatrical release in the US. Thank you to Michael Moore and the people of Traverse City for embracing Kulikar, The Last Reel and a moving Cambodian story.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/TCFilmFest/videos/10157115577630618/

The Last Reel is Nominated for the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris, will present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Fellini Medal awarded to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO.

The Last Reel is nominated for the  ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

The Last Reel is nominated for the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award

‪The Last Reel‬ has been nominated for this prize and is one of 12 films in the running. The Last Reel will screen at 4.30pm on Monday 23 November at the 46th International Film Festival of India in Goa, which takes place from 20-30 November 2015.
http://www.iffi.nic.in/iffi_2015/Unesco%20Awards%20and%20medal.pdf
The broad guidelines for the selection of the films are:
“The film shall exhibit artistic excellence in screenplay, music, and filming technique.
The film shall promote the common good, which is defined as a society in which persons and communities care for one another’s well-being.
The film shall exhibit sensitivity to the human situation, promoting the dignity of all.
The film shall cultivate a realistic hope of creative transformation.
The film shall reflect the ideals of peace, love, tolerance, harmony and friendship.”
Fingers crossed for yet another award for The Last Reel.

The Last Reel Wins ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at Film Festival in the US

The Last Reel brings home its first American award from Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Last Reel Award Best Narrative Feature Award

The Last Reel Award Best Narrative Feature Award

This weekend saw the Cambodia Town Film Festival at the Art Theatre, Long Beach and the The Last Reel was honoured as the ‘Best Narrative Feature’ or the best feature film at this year’s festival. The lead actors were all on hand to collect the award in person, including Dy Saveth, Ma Rynet, Sok Sothun, Hun Sophy and Ros Mony, plus Producer Nick Ray. The legendary Dy Saveth picked up a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her contribution to the Cambodian film industry, making it a double header for The Last Reel.

Dy Saveth Lifetime Achievement Award

Dy Saveth Lifetime Achievement Award

‪The Last Reel‬ screened to a sellout audience of 380 as the opening film of the 3rd Cambodia Town Film Festival on Saturday 5 September. After a moving screening, the cast and crew went on stage for a Q & A with the festival organisers.

Many thanks to the Cambodian-American community in Long Beach for their incredible hospitality which included taking the actors on a tour of the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ on Friday and a tour of Long Beach sights on Sunday, including the Aquarium of the Pacific and the venerable Queen Mary.

The Last Reel Cast on the Queen Mary, Long Beach

The Last Reel Cast on the Queen Mary, Long Beach

There were also lots of social events by night, including a ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ evening at Thunder Studios, an opening party at landmark Sophy Restaurant, a ‘rom vong’ session at Legends Seafood Restaurant and an on-on to the even more legendary Dragon House nightclub, made famous by the Dengue Fever album, ‘Enter the Dragon House’.

Ros Mony and Ma Rynet on the Walk of Fame

Ros Mony and Ma Rynet on the Walk of Fame

A huge thanks to all those involved in the Cambodia Town Film Festival, including Festival Directors Caylee So and praCh Ly, and all the members of the festival committee who chose The Last Reel as the ‘Best Narrative Feature’. Thanks also to the army of volunteers helping with the event who helped ensure the actors had an incredible time in Long Beach and Los Angeles. The welcome and friendship was very much appreciated by all those involved in The Last Reel. They will never forget the experience.

Dy Saveth Ma Rynet Yeak Attack

Dy Saveth Ma Rynet Yeak Attack

Thank you also to the all-important sponsors who made CTFF 2015 possible and managed to assist with funding the actors to join this celebration of Cambodian film, including the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, the Nancy Lee Show in Los Angeles and the Cambodia Town Film Festival team. And Hanuman Films of course, who coordinated the whole trip.

The Last Reel is Going Global at International Film Festivals

The Last Reel continues to screen at international film festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 23-30 April 2015, the Far East Film Festival, Udine, Italy, 23 April – 02 May 2015, before returning to the US to screen at the new Bentonville Film Festival, 05-09 May 2015.

The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar accepts the prestigious Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar accepts the prestigious Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

The Last Reel has already won two international awards, including the ‘Spirit of Asia’ Award for Director Sotho Kulikar at the Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan in October 2014 and the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Award for Sok Sothun at the Asean International Film Festival& Awards in Malaysia in April 2015.

International Film Reviews

The Hollywood Reporter
“With The Last Reel, Cambodian cinema’s resurgence as a filmmaking force continues apace… Sotho Kulikar conjures remarkable performances from her lead actresses in an attempt to reflect historical schisms through the tropes of rebellious-daughter family drama.”

Empire Magazine
“The spotlight falls on another lost tradition in Kulikar Sotho’s The Last Reel, a deeply moving memoir of the golden age of Cambodian cinema that was swept away and all but eradicated by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.”

The Playlist on Indiewire
“The Last Reel” relates a personal, cross-generational tale of love and hate to the loss of cultural heritage and identity that occurred when Khmer Rouge outlawed moviemaking and destroyed a thriving national industry, and if only in its own last reel, it has both educational and deeply emotional impact… affecting and gripping… a passionate cri de coeur.”

Background

The Last Reel is one of the first feature films to be directed by a Cambodian woman and is generating significant international interest. The Last Reel was shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013 with a cast of leading local talent, including Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth and Rous Mony. It is a Hanuman Films (www.hanumanfilms.com) production.

“A lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.”

Forthcoming Film Festival Screenings

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
4.45pm on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Downtown Independent, 251 So. Main Street, Los Angeles.

4.30pm on Monday 27 April 2015 at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM, 111 No. Central Avenue, Los Angeles.

Far East Film Festival, Udine
11.25am on Thursday 30 April at the Teatro Nuevo, Udine.

Bentonville Film Festival
5.30pm on Tuesday 5 May at the NWACC White Auditorium, Bentonville.

Previous Film Festival Screenings

Tokyo International Film Festival, October 2014: http://2014.tiff-jp.net/en/tiff/list_of_winners.html

Cambodia International Film Festival, December 2014: http://cambodia-iff.com/index.php/en/films/feature-films/cambodia-cinema

Singapore International Film Festival, December 2014: http://sgiff.com/

Helsinki CineAasia, March 2015: http://helsinkicineaasia.fi/2015/02/the-last-reel/

Asia House Film Festival, London, March 2015: http://asiahouse.org/arts-learning/film/asia-house-film-festival-2015/

Asean International Film Festival, Kuching, April 2015: http://www.aiffa2015.com/

Useful Links

Website
Visit The Last Reel website (www.thelastreel.info) to learn more about the film, including a fullscreen version of the trailer.

Facebook
There is also an official The Last Reel Facebook page for breaking news: The Last Reel

Online Brochure
View the online brochure at: http://www.thelastreel.info/public/documents/The%20Last%20Reel.pdf

Online Gallery
View selected stills, behind-the-scenes and awards at: http://www.thelastreel.info/en/gallery

Dragonair at Angkor Wat, the first major commercial at the temples of Angkor

Hanuman Films became the first local production company to organise a major international television commercial at the temples of Angkor with this Dragonair commercial.

Kulikar Sotho worked with Hong Kong-based Moviola Productions as Line Producer, taking responsibility for the entire production in Cambodia. Hanuman arranged all filming permissions, including the sensitive dragon dance shoot at Angkor Wat, and arranged all logistics, such as accommodation, transport and import/re-export of equipment. During the five-day shoot, Kulikar also acted as interpreter for the 15-strong production crew. The commercial covered four countries, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, but, according to the Moviola crew, it was in Cambodia that things ran most smoothly.

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