New Cambodian Cinema
他方是何方 DREAM LAND
香港藝術中心電影院 Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema
Cambodia, USA｜2015｜90 min｜Colour｜DCP
In Khmer with Chinese & English subtitles
Director: Steve Chen
Lida, a career-driven woman in her late 20s in the developing metropolis of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, sells modern and upscale real estate developments to the growing middle and upper class in contemporary Cambodia. Lida may be thriving as a top real estate agent, but in her personal life,her relationship with her photographer boyfriend is deteriorating. Unable to escape the trauma and prison of her interior monologue, she travels to the quiet beach town of Kep, Cambodia, with her close companions. While the growth and modernisation of the city promote an urban and cultural erasure, Kep reveals treasures from Cambodia’s heritage. It is there that Lida discovers that the specters from the past haunt in sublime and beautiful ways.
From first-time writer, director, and producer Steve Chen, and shot in a mere 16 days with a crew of 10 people, DREAM LAND is both an elegy and hope for Cambodian society today.
導演簡歷 Director Biography
陳史文 Steve Chen
A Taiwanese-American filmmaker and architect from Chicago. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and worked for internationally recognised designers. He assisted on a number of feature films. He served as cinematographer and co-producer on Douglas Seok’s Cambodian drama Turn Left Turn Right, which premiered at Torino Film Festival 2016. His first narrative feature, DREAM LAND, produced by Chen Office, opened the competition section of the 2015 Locarno Film Festival. Chen is based in Taipei and Southern California.