Will this film finally attract global audiences to Cambodian cinema?

With a French actor and actress in the leading roles and a script inspired by the famous Hungarian composition Gloomy Sunday (also known as the Hungarian Suicide Song), one Cambodian film director has invested huge resources and time into producing a high quality local movie that he hopes will earn the Kingdom’s cinema long missing acclaim on the international stage.

Hailing from Kampong Thom province, Leak Lyda is a self-taught film producer and director that has been in the entertainment industry for more than a decade, producing films spanning the horror, romance and comedy genres.

But his new film project is far different from what he has done in the past, significantly expanding in terms of budget, story, screen writing, casting, editing and marketing.

The 37-year-old director, who was elected as a Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC) deputy head in December last year, tells The Post about how he reached this point: “In 2011, I directed and produced a local hit called Ab Wears a Helmet. The film was very famous and helped contribute to the revival of Cambodian cinema.”
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