PHNOM PENH (AKP) – “The Last Reel” has been officially chosen by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) to represent Cambodia for the Foreign Language Film Award of the 88th Oscars ceremony.
Shot entirely on location in Cambodia during 2013, “The Last Reel” is about a lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields which reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents’ lives during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Directed by Sotho Kulika, “The Last Reel” has already won several awards at major international film festivals, including the Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan and the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.
“I am so grateful to the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee for choosing The Last Reel to represent Cambodia for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 2016 Oscars,” said Sotho.
“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,” she continued. “I am extremely proud to represent Cambodia, the Cambodian people and the Cambodian film industry at the 88th Oscars,” she added, “I love my country and an award for The Last Reel is an award for Cambodia.”
“The Last Reel” is out now in all leading Cambodian cinemas, including Major Cineplex by Cellcard at Aeon Mall; Legend Cinemas at TK Avenue, City Mall and Stung Meanchey; and Platinum Cineplex Sorya and Platinum Cineplex in Siem Reap. This year, two films were submitted to COSC for consideration. The other one is Mr. Chhay Bora’s film, “3.50,” which is about the issue of the virginity trade.
Recently, Cambodia has submitted “Lost Loves” by Mr. Chhay Bora in 2012, and “The Missing Picture” by Mr. Rithy Panh in 2013. In 2014, there were no films submitted to COSC. Each year the Oscars are hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Hollywood. Each country may submit one film and only the sanctioned organization may choose the film. All the films in the Foreign Language Film Award category of the Oscars are first reviewed and nine films are shortlisted.
Of these, the final five official nominees are chosen, which will be voted on by Academy members for the Oscar-winning film. The Oscar ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2016.