PHNOM PENH, Nov. 4, (Khmer Times) – Cambodian director Sotho Kulikar was awarded The Spirit of Asia Award for her film “The Last Reel” at the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival.
Ms. Kulikar, who was making her directorial debut, is the first female Cambodian filmmaker to win the prestigious award.
“This will help boost the recognition of the film industry in my home country, Cambodia,” Ms. Sotho said during her acceptance speech.
“The Last Reel” portrays the intricate story of a young girl who sets out to finish the film that her mentally ill mother once starred in – but was never completed due to the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia.
Ms. Sotho financed 99 percent of the film’s budget and spent two years in filming and production.
She said that she is proud to have the film recognized for its universal message of humanity in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge, while also capturing the spirit of Cambodia’s golden era of films and music, the 1960s.
“I developed a desire to tell a story from a Cambodian perspective – to communicate to people across generations to move on to the future. That’s why this trophy is for my country,” Ms. Sothos said, holding her award aloft.
“The Last Reel”, written by Ian Masters and starring Dy Saveth, will open the Cambodia international Film Festival on Dec. 5.