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Lady Penh: what to do in Phnom Penh?

Lady Penh is the founder of Phnom Penh and tells you about what's going on in Phnom Penh!

not to miss!
D+0  Mon. 20/10, 20:30 - Luc Besson's THE LADY (2011) @ The Flicks 1
D+3  Thu. 23/10, 18:00 - Oktoberfest Cambodia 2014 @ Cambodiana Hotel
Monday, October 20
cinema
16:00 SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT (2007) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan, who still live in Phnom Penh at this moment.

The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben returns home to Germany he discovers that Sreyko is sick and he takes on the responsibility to save her. On the way he discovers a world where not everyone is dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure.

An epic sweeping love story spanning two continents, “Same Same But Different” is “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Dr. Zhivago” meets “Pretty Woman.” Kross carries this film from opening to closing credits. Just as he startled the world in “The Reader,” the now 19-year-old enters leading man status here. The film is visually stunning with breathtaking cinematography, costume design, and art direction all beyond compare.

(107 mins, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VjZSx6bjqk

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cinema
18:30 THE SIGNAL (new) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…

It is as if someone had decided to turn high-concept SF into a lyrical indie poem, where ideas and feelings trump noisy genre gestures – which makes the film stand out, quietly, from the crowd, even as it confronts the bounds of infinity. – GROLSH FILM WORKS

Slyly stylish sci-fi – and strangely surreal. – SUSAN GRANGER

(97 min, sci-fi, thriller)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXV_CU_ryKs

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sports
19:15 Adult's Ballet @ Central School of Ballet Phnom Penh
 
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Class is structured to provide students with a firm foundation in ballet technique and vocabulary in a series of steps. This class is mainly for people who danced when they were younger and a looking for a "refresher" course, or have a lot of experience in another dance style and want to quickly cover all the basics of ballet before advancing.

Costs are $12 per class.

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workshop
20:00 Salsa Class - level 2 @ The Groove
 
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For those who knows all basic steps and moves and wants to improve skills and to feel more comfortable on dance floor on parties. This class is also ideally suitable for those who has been attending our Salsa Beginners course on Wednesdays last two-three months.

PARTY start at 9pm - till late (no fee for party)

Pay in advance for 6-8 lessons – the cost is $6 per each one hour lesson.

Single drop in is available for $8 per lesson.

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cinema
not to miss! 20:30 Luc Besson's THE LADY (2011) @ The Flicks 1
 
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The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris.

Reservations advised

It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today.

The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine.

(132 mins, biography, drama, history)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMYAzQC3UjI

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cinema
20:30 THE KILLING FIELDS (1984) @ The Flicks 2+3
 
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Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.

When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.

The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed and a must-see for everybody in Cambodia; locals as visitors.

(141 minutes, biography, drama, history)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92zK2w78J-c

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Regulars and reminders
sports
08:00 Sweat & Samadhi Yoga @ Yoga Phnom Penh
 
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Get your week off to a great start with Sweat & Samadhi a vinyasa flow style yoga class with an experienced teacher, from 8am to 9.30am.

See www.yogaphnompenh.com for full schedule and class details. We will be moving to our wonderful new studio soon so please check web site or call 012 739 419.

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sports
18:00 Zumba Classes @ Advance Learning Academy (Aeon Mall)
 
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Zumba fitness involves dance and aerobic elements with a choreography that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Squats and lunges are also included.

Ditch the workout, join the PARTY !!!

Classes are given by licensed zumba teacher Tisam Oumazza.

$10 per person.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zumba-Yoga-Cambodia/148364618665283

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exhibition
"Hello Sally!" by Em Riem @ The Plantation
 
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Hello Sally! is an exclusive and new collection of 17 abstract paintings. These result from a long academic journey within the traditional Cambodian art of painting. In this exhibition, Em Riem is now extending his talent to the world of abstract, while still glorifying his culture and knowledge in his own and unique way.

Hello Sally! will be Em Riem’s 3rd exhibition at The Plantation. He was indeed the very first artist to exhibit at the Lotus Pond Gallery early 2012 and participated later to the collective exhibition ”40 masks - 40 artists”. Paintings are available for sale.

Originally from Kandal province, Em Riem is a Cambodian 43 years-old artist who graduated from the Royal University of Fine Arts of Phnom Penh and the Higher National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, France. Em Riem’s art includes a wide range of materials and inspirations: from rattan designed sofas to abstract aluminium sculptures, painted portraits of Khmer Rouge’s victims or eclectic acrylic paintings of the countryside. Em Riem is also one of the most famous male fashion models in Cambodia, with a unique creative and personal style.

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exhibition
"Inverted Sewer" by Meas Sokhorn @ Java Café & Gallery
 
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After a quiet period of almost two years, Meas Sokhorn will exhibit a new series of paintings. Working on a background of alarming-red, Meas depicts figures on motorbikes, in cars and walking along the roads of Phnom Penh. The figures are not grounded to any fixed perspective and seem to be detached from the background—creating a loose and chaotic composition. It gives the impression that one could shake the canvas and the characters would float around and settle in new positions. But the artistic narrative unfolds in the details.

In the corner of one canvas are the words in English “LANE OWNER,” while horns emerge from the faces of pedestrians, a steering wheel and policeman caps. In another, a Chivas logo covers the road that cars drive over. The passengers carry bottles of alcohol and firearms. While another painting refers to the political rallies of the Cambodian General election of 2013.

Although the literal representation is largely traffic and alcohol, a secondary and subversive theme of class conflict and exploitation of power pervades the body of work. When discussing these themes with Meas, he refers to the congested roads of Phnom Penh as a “moving slum.” A metaphor that refers to the seeming lack of order and infrastructure despite the fact that there are rules and laws in place to govern the interactions. He says that the whole system is broken and no one is taking responsibility.

When asked why, as an artist, do you present this theme in your work, Meas replied that he has observed and been subjected to this growing problem and felt compelled to respond, “This is all I can do—I have my brush.” The stop-sign red background of the paintings serve as a warning of danger. A warning that he hopes will stimulate conversation and hopefully serve as a call to action.

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