Cambodia has named “The Last Reel” by Sotho Kulikar as its candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race.
The movie, about a lost film buried under the country’s ‘Killing Fields’, and the different versions of the truth that it reveals, was selected by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee. The other film submitted to the committee was Chhay Bora’s “3.50,” a drama about the trade in virgins. In 2014 Cambodia did not select a candidate movie.
“The Last Reel” is now on commercial release, having had festival presentations over the past year at Tokyo and Udine.
Kulikar is a first time director and one of the few Cambodian women to have made a feature. The picture was scripted by the U.K.’s Ian Masters.
“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,” Kulikar saidin a statement to local media.