The Last Reel

  • Screenplay by: Ian Masters
  • Directed by: Kulikar Sotho
  • Produced by: Hanuman Films
  • Awards:
    Official nomination from Cambodia for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards
    Founder's Grand Prize (Best Film), Traverse City Film Festival, 2016
    Best Narrative Feature Film Award Winner, Cambodia Town Film Festival, 2015
    Spirit of Asia Award, Tokyo International Film Fetival, 2014
    Black Dragon Award, Far East Film Festival, 2014
  • Festivals:
    Cines del Sur, Granada, Spain, 2015
    New York Asian Film Festival, USA, 2015
    Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan, 2015
    Bentonville Film Festival, USA, 2015
    Far East Film Festival, Italy, 2015
    Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2015
    Asean International Film Festival & Awards, Malaysia, 2015
    Asia House Film Festival, London, 2015
    Helsinki CineAasia, 2015
    Singapore International Film Festival, 2014
    Cambodia International Film Festival, 2014
    Tokyo International Film Festival, 2014

The Last Reel (2014):


Sophoun, the rebellious daughter of a hard-line army Colonel, lives her life for the moment, hanging out with a local gang. But when her father returns home with another arranged marriage proposal, Sophoun flees her imploding home and seeks refuge in a derelict cinema. There, she is shocked to discover an incomplete 1970s melodrama from pre Khmer Rouge times, a film which starred her now desperately ill mother as a glamorous young woman. A story from a different world, a different time.

With the help of the cinema’s elderly projectionist, Sophoun re-makes the missing last reel of the film, reprising her mother’s role.

By premiering the completed film forty years later, she hopes to remind her mother of a life she’d once lived, and to mend the psychological scars that still haunt her. The old film, however, poses more questions than it answers. The promise of the Cambodian film industry and its newest star was cut short in 1975 by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which specifically targeted actors and filmmakers as enemies of the people. Remaking the movie offers Sophoun an opportunity to dictate her own destiny but at the cost of uncovering some painful truths about her family and their past.

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