The tragic history of Cambodian cinema is powerfully etched into this engrossing contemporary family drama
The re-emergence of Cambodian cinema continues impressively with “The Last Reel,” a well-produced, thematically rich drama about a rebellious female student in contemporary Phnom Penh whose fractured family relationships are connected to a movie made just before the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975. Though it attempts to cover a little too much ground and runs a tad long, this foreign-language Oscar entry has its heart and most other elements in the right place. A bright debut for Kulikar Sotho, the first Cambodian woman to direct a narrative feature since Ung Kanthouk (1970’s “10,000 Regrets”), the film was released locally in September following a long and successful festival run, which included the 2014 Spirit of Asia award at Tokyo.
The Hollywood Reporter: 'The Last Reel' ('Dom Fill Chong Krauey'): Singapore Review
Sotho Kulikar addresses Cambodia's cinematic peaks and historical troughs through a family drama about a young woman's rite of passage through filmmaking.
“The Last Reel” Submitted For Oscars Nomination
“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.
Exploring loss, recovery and memory through The Last Reel
The first feature-length film from Cambodian director Sotho Kulikar pleases with moving story, strong acting and breathtaking cinematography
Dy Saveth & Sotho Kulikar & Sok Sothun on MA EM Show
The interview of Director Sotho Kulikar and the actors Dy Saveth and Sok Sothun on MA EM Show.
‘The Last Reel’ Set for Triumphant Return
After a sneak preview in Cambodia last year, rave reviews internationally and multiple awards, the inspirational film that has pushed movie fans here into an agonizing wait will hit theaters on Friday.
Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2015 on Bangkok101.com
Director Kulikar Sotho talked with Bangkok 101 about her groundbreaking film.
Cinemalaya’s Asian indies transport viewers to worlds beyond their own
This year, the film event’s biggest draws are envelope-pushing Asian indies that transport local film buffs to worlds (and themes) beyond our own, far removed from the predictable contrivances of mainstream filmmaking
CINEMALAYA 2015 BROADENS HORIZON WITH ASIAN SHOWCASE SECTION
Award-winning selections from different parts of the ASEAN region in its INDEPENDENTS: ASIAN SHOWCASE section
The tabula rasa Cambodian
Doppiozero today inaugurates a series of articles and short essays devoted to movie theaters around the world.
Philippine festival expands screenings for Asian films
"Those which cannot be shown in their own countries because of some kind of (censorship), you can show it here, because we have the freedom," Guillen
Cinemalaya 2015 finalists unveiled
The 10 finalists in the 11th annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition were formally introduced to the public on Thursday afternoon at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
Asian Film Festival of Dallas kicks off for eight days of some of the best Asian cinema you will not see at a theater near you. This is one of those festivals where you get to see films that may never release in the U.S. but are a hit overseas.
Asian Film Festival of Dallas announces its lineup
The Last Reel: The first Cambodian film to be shown at the festival
Asian film festival picks a new season
For the first time in its decade-long history, Pittsburgh’s Silk Screen Film Festival will offer its showcase of Asian movies and filmmakers in midsummer.
The Last Reel UK Premiere
The UK premiere of the 5 star Cambodian drama The Last Reel will be on 28th March 2015 and will feature as part of the Asia House Film Festival
The Last Reel unspools
The Last Reel unspools in New Zealand. Award-winning debut feature hitting the international festival circuit.
Story seen through the eyes of the younger generation on Asean FF
Cambodia’s ‘The Last Reel’ by Cambodian director and producer Kulikar Sotho, who accepted the Best Supporting Actor award for Sok Sothun and Asean FF.
Personal review on Everyfilm
Everyfilmblog review. "The Last Reel portrays my belief in the overwhelming human need for stories and storytelling as part of the reconciliation process towards restoring a country and a culture that was devastated by genocide and war."
Easternkicks.com: 2015 Udine Far East Film Festival
The Last Reel collects the Black Dragon Audience Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.
Udine Far East Film Festival Black Dragon Award
This clip features The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar receiving the Black Dragon Audience Award at the closing ceremony of the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.
Udine Far East Film Festival – Director’s introduction
Director Sotho Kulikar introduces her film at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.
Interview with Kulikar Sotho - The Last Reel
Director of The Last Reel, Sotho Kulikar, is interviewed at the Udine Far East Film Festival.
Screenweek.it: Far East Film Festival 2015
La Cambogia, per la prima volta presente al Far East Film Festival vince il Black Dragon Audience Award con il film The Last Reel, mentre la Corea del Sud vince i primi tre posti dell’Audience Award…
Gushmag.it: The Last Reel (Review)
Al Far Est Film Festival è uno di quei giorni da cerchiare in rosso sulla data del calendario. Per la prima volta in diciassette edizioni è stato presentato in concorso un film cambogiano. Noi c’eravamo: ecco la recensione di “The last reel.”
Messaggero.veneto.gelocal.it: The Last Reel and the debut of Cambodia
La pellicola è un omaggio alla Golden Age: trecento pellicole dal 1965 al 1975
LinkinMovies.it: The Last Reel - Review (Far East Film Festival 2015)
The first Cambodian film at the Far East Film Festival receives the Black Dragon Award (in Italian).
Quinlan.it: The Last Reel di Kulikar Sotho
The Last Reel di Kulikar Sotho segna la prima volta del cinema cambogiano al Far East Film Festival di Udine. Un melodramma intenso sulla memoria della Storia e del cinema. Che a volte si legano in maniera indissolubile.
Intervista a Kulikar Sotho - The Last Reel
Director of The Last Reel, Sotho Kulikar, is interviewed at the Udine Far East Film Festival (in Italian).
Asean Award for The Last Reel Actor
The Best Supporting Actor Award went to Sok Sothun for his portrayal of Vichea at the Asean International Film Festival Awards, held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Easternkicks.com: In Conversation with Kulikar Sotho
The director of The Last Reel talks in depth about her career, her country and its history.
Flickfeast.co.uk: The Last Reel (2014): Rating - 8/10
…it is set to make a mark on the country’s film industry.
Easternkicks.com: The Last Reel Review
Part history lesson, part heart-warming voyage of discovery, certainly worthwhile… A classily made and thought provoking film.
Koh Santepheap Daily.com: The Last Reel to take part in International Festivals
A review of the Festival appearances for The Last Reel (in Khmer).
TheKhmerDaily.com: Khmer Filmmaker wins Black Dragon in Italy
Director Kulikar Sotho collected the Black Dragon Award in Italy (in Khmer).
Vayofm.com: The Last Reel wins the Black Dragon Award in Italy
The Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy (in Khmer).
Yahoo! Japan: The Last Reel in Udine, Italy
The Last Reel scoops the Black Dragon Award in Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy (in Japanese).
Film Business Asia: The Last Reel
Technically polished drama on Cambodia's past and present is a hopeful standard-bearer.
Beyond Tomb Raider – a Cambodian filmmaker’s journey
As a lover of the performing arts, Cambodian businesswoman Kulikar Sotho loved to watch dances and movies. It was the attraction to the arts that led to a series of open doors for her to pursue her passion for storytelling.
Cambodia AsiaLIFE Feature
Cambodian director and producer Kulikar Sotho has swooped a Tokyo Film Festival award and opened the Cambodia International Film Festival with her recent film, The Last Reel.
Empire Magazine: Review of The Last Reel at London Asia House
Following the sellout success of The Last Reel at the recent Asia House Film Festival, Empire reviews the films on show in London.
US Ambassador to Cambodia Official Blog: The Power of Film
Americans love going to the movies. Catching the latest blockbuster on the big screen with friends on a Friday night is a rite of passage for many teenagers in America.
Tokyo International Film Festival Q&A
The Q & A session at the Tokyo International Film Festival world premiere of The Last Reel, featuring award-winning Director Sotho Kulikar and leading cast members Ma Rynet, Dy Saveth, Sok Sothun and Hun Sophy.
Tokyo International Film Festival Spirit of Asia Award
Director Sotho Kulikar wins the Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Competing in the Asian Future section, this clip features Kulikar on stage delivering her moving acceptance speech at the closing ceremony.
RFI Radio France International Podcast
RFI discusses The Last Reel at the Cambodian International Film Festival. RFI is a French current affairs radio station that broadcasts worldwide to over 34.5 million listeners every week.
TV3 Asia News on The Last Reel
TV3 Asia News speaks to director Kulikar Sotho about The Last Reel’s success at Tokyo and screening in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Post on CIFF
The Phnom Penh Post video discusses the Cambodian films on offer at the Cambodian International Film Festival including The Last Reel.
Phnom Penh Post: The Last Reel unspools
The much-anticipated film telling the story of a derelict cinema hiding dark family secrets is one of the highlights of the fifth annual Cambodian International Film Festival.
South China Morning Post: Cambodian movie industry's glory days are returning
Nation's cinema is attracting a global audience as young filmmakers give a nuanced voice to its post-Khmer Rouge recovery, writes David Eimer.
The Cambodia Daily: First-Time Cambodian Director Wins Prestigious Film Award
The Cambodian-made feature film “The Last Reel” starring legendary actress Dy Saveth has won the prestigious Spirit of Asia Award at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival.
SoundOnSight: The Last Reel a resonating testament to the power of cinema
Female director Kulikar Sotho’s debut features the vibrant story of an unlikely first-time director, the rebellious Sophoun (Ma Rynet).
Tokyo review Roundup: Spirit Of Asia Winner 'The Last Reel' & The Christopher Doyle-Shot 'Ruined Heart'
The Last Reel" The debut film from Cambodian director Sotho Kulikar, "The Last Reel" starts shakily but adds nuance and layers as it progresses to become affecting and gripping by its closing section.
Tokyo Film Fest presents Asian movies, anime to the world
TOKYO -- At the annual Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 held Oct. 23-31, the Asian Future section has gained presence, auguring the future course of the festival.
A reel of hope and love
The 1960s are widely known as the golden age of Cambodian cinema with more than 300 films made in slightly over a decade including the horror flick "Pos Keng Kang" ("The Snake King's Wife") by Tea Lim Kun
Tough Words from "Beat" Takeshi, Disney Debut Stand Out at 27th Tokyo Int'l Film Fest
Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) wrapped up last Friday with a lavish ceremony honoring past and future filmmaking talent while awarding prizes to this year's best films.
The Babadook impresses OS, The Last Reel wins in Tokyo: Short Cuts
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Cambodian Director Wins Tokyo Film Fest Award
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.
Tokyo 2014: The Safdie Brother's HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT Takes Top Prize
Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony to announce the winners of its many awards. The Competition Section consisted of 15 films presided over by Jury President, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Newly created The Spirit of Asia Award goes to promising Cambodian female director Sotho Kulikar The world premiere of her first feature film The Last Reel was at the TIFF 2014
On October 31, The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced the winner of newly created The Spirit of Asia Award. The winner was chosen from the directors of the Asian Future section, which is considered to be a gateway to success for Asian budding directors.
Tokyo 2014: 'The Last Reel' a resonating testament to the power of cinema
Tokyo International Film Festival 2014
Female director Kulikar Sotho's debut features the vibrant story of an unlikely first-time director, the rebellious Sophoun (Ma Rynet), who flees her unstable home in Pnom Penh and impending arranged marriage
Interview: Kulikar Sotho
Film director Kulikar Sotho tells Southeast Asia Globe about her new movie The Last Reel, which stars renowned Cambodian actress Dy Saveth and is set for its world premiere at this month's Tokyo International Film Festival
Fah Thai July 2014It's a country that hasn't been seen in alot of films. It's an amazing land for fiction.
KULIKAR SOTHO – Le silence rouge des revenants
Il s'agit d'une femme au succès tapageur : 40 ans, mère de 2 enfants, hôtels, un tour opérateur, un magasin de mode, la société de production Hanuman ; investie, entre autres, dans la réalisation du film Tomb Raider...
Cambodia's Sotho lines up Om-Tuk, Last ReelFilming wraps in a few days in Cambodia on the international co-production Om-Tuk which Australian writer/directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody are producing alongside Phnom Penh-based Kulikar Sotho.
Cambodia's Last Reel set to unspool
BERLIN: Production is set to start on The Last Reel, one of the most ambitious Cambodian films made in recent years – and one which recalls the "Golden Age" of Khmer cinema.