Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan.
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)
In America, all is defined in the superlative: the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream.
This is an honest, entertaining, and informative documentary. What is also very interesting about "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" is that the persons interviewed on both sides of the steroid question are not exactly portrayed as "normal."
This is what sport has become in America and around the world - a competition among cheaters. Kind of makes you wonder how these people can look at their wide, bloated faces in the mirror each morning.
(105 mins, documentary, sport)
Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), after conferring with her previous doctor (Catherina Zeta-Jones), eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa.
The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband (Channing Tatum) in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy.
The film is so perfectly structured, it is difficult to discuss without giving away the secret plot twist away. All we can add is, it is not so simple and straightforward as it may appear. It is a complex of characters, their motives, and the consequences of their actions, and, despite taking a while to get started, it is truly a spectacular, thrilling, and intricate journey that should not be missed.
(106 mins, crime, drama, thriller)
7PM: Tanwarin Sukkhapisit’s beautiful feature film IT GETS BETTER (2012, 103 mins, Engl. subs) traces three lives as they deal with social norms of gender, family and love in Thailand.
8.30PM: The docu EL CASAMIENTO (2011, 72 mins, English subs) by Aldo Garay is an intimate portrait of an exceptional couple from Montevideo (Uruguay). Julia, a 65-year-old transsexual and Ignacio, a former construction worker with a troubled past, are preparing for marriage.
10PM: PHILOMIRROPHOBIA 2 (2012, 70 mins) is directed by Chinese painter Yuke, who artfully questions his own “coming-out”.
A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.
Often funny, sometimes disturbing and sensual, this movie can be enjoyed at face value, but the heart of the movie lies underneath that appealing veneer, it's about creation and the required necessity to live your life fully to feed it. The budding writer enters the lives of a family, the same way a writer should embrace life itself, with a healthy dose of curiosity and nerve, precisely what his teacher is lacking. Add to that a fascinating and intricate observation of the blurring of lines separating reality from fiction in the feverish midst of artistic creation. Deep stuff, but all wrapped up in a neat bundle, Francois Ozon making sure to leave almost no one on the side of the road, so to speak.
(105 mins, mystery, thriller)
Do you like to fish? Come join us on the Mekong river boat trip on Saturdays and Sundays as we try to catch some fish! We’ll go away from the city in search of good fishing spots. Everyone will get their own rod and drinks.
At the end of trip, we’ll cook some river fish Cambodian style with pepper sauce and sour mango, even if you don’t catch any. Also, we’ll tell you some stories about the river and its history.
To reserve your spot, please email email@example.com or call 0978970007.
Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
$10 per person
BLOOD & SAND is a large format exhibition by Colombian photographer and Phnom Penh resident Erika Piñeros.
The photographs document bullfighting in Colombia, which has survived and evolved over the centuries, and has become an important part of the country's culture.
With public opinion growing restless with animal rights concerns, this controversial spectacle, and its particular breed of cattle – toro de lidia – are now under threat.
Photo exhibition by Heather Stilwell.
Dorsu is a Khmer word that means ‘struggle,’ and it has become the slogan for garment workers, activists, and communities in Cambodia who are fighting to improve their lives. The images in this exhibition portray some of the people and stories involved in this struggle.
Each photograph was taken within the last year during street protests, at garment factories, or inside people’s homes to capture moments that are rarely seen. A 72-year-old land activist called ‘grandmum’ stands strong in front of a row of demonstration police; a young boy waits for water at a camp after being displaced miles from his home; and a group of garment workers celebrate after winning a months-long battle with two of the biggest brand names in the world.
One garment worker in Phnom Penh described ‘dorsu’ as ‘holding hands together to fight for our rights,’ and that is what this exhibition aims to show. The photographs are not only moments of struggle, but also of hope and strength.
Heather Stilwell is a Canadian photographer and writer based in Cambodia. After finishing a graduate program in journalism, she worked in South Sudan for a year assisting local journalists to report on human rights issues in conflict areas. In Cambodia, she works with Radio Voice of Democracy (VOD) to report mainly on the garment industry and to share workers’ stories through photography, video, radio, and print.
All paintings are exhibited at The Flicks Community Movie House on #39b, Street 95 (BKK3), open on weekend from 4pm and on weekdays from 6pm.
How do you paint the most familiar faces of Hollywood? You might have seen these faces over a thousand times in your life?
Dutch artist Peter Klashorst took on the challenge and painted the famous workers from the silver screen in his own remarkable way.
Klashorst specializes in painting and photographing women. In 2000, in primarily Muslim Senegal, his art caused him to end up in custody of the police for some weeks. He was suspected of taking advantage of prostitution, inciting debauchery, and the production of obscene pictures, because he had painted local women in the nude. By bribing officials, he managed to buy his freedom, and he sneaked into Gambia to flee the Africa. Klashorst now lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Come see the fascinating results!