Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Cambodia Submits 'The Last Reel'

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars: Cambodia Submits 'The Last Reel'

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The Last Reel, directed by Sotho Kulikar, has been submitted by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) for the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film debuted at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year, where Kulikar won The Spirit of Asia Award from the Japan Foundation Asia Centre.

It also won the Black Dragon Audience Award at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.

Speaking about the submission, Sotho said: "I am extremely proud to represent Cambodia, the Cambodian people and the Cambodian film industry at the 88th Oscars.

"This film was made by Cambodians with a Cambodian audience in mind, but the themes are universal and it has been embraced around the world, as well as here at home.

"I love my country and an award for The Last Reel is an award for Cambodia."

The Last Reel is about a lost film, buried beneath Cambodia's killing fields, which reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother that may uncover dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime. …

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