a German camera man. However, the Meta House does not focus on
possibilities to show their works of art.
Maybe you find some interesting program this week or in the next months:
* WED, 22/09, 6 PM
EXHIBTION OPENING: CALLIGRAPHY AND DOC FILM FROM
The Chinese influence on Vietnamese art extends into pottery, ceramics,
traditional architecture and calligraphy. In the past, with literacy in the
old character-based writing systems of
calligraphy nevertheless still played an important part in Vietnamese life.
Tonite we invite you to the exhibition opening with works by calligraphy
master LAM VINH THUAN.
At 8PM we screen the documentary LOVE MAN LOVE WOMAN (2007, 52 mins). Tri
Trinh Nguyen follows one of the most prominent spirit mediums in
explore how gay men in homophobic
and expression in the country's popular “Dao Mau” religion.
* THUR, 23/09, 7PM
DOUBLE BILL WITH TOUL SLENG PHOTO DOC "CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EM"
The first documentary film (1979, 90min) after the Khmer Rouge was shot by
famous GDR filmmakers Walter Heynowski and Gerhard Scheumann. The scenes
filmed during spring 1979 are part of history:
nature, heaps of skulls and destroyed faces. The reports from the survivors
are moving and harrowing. Heynowski/Scheumann belonged to the few GDR
filmmakers that attracted interest from abroad. Modeling themselves on the
tradition of Soviet film pioneer Dziga Vertov, they perceived documentary
films as an instrument of political intervention. Also screening: THE
CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EN by
* FRI, 24/09, 7PM:
(2009, 52 mins) are new films by
compelling and utterly alarming account of the lives of girls and women
affected by the virginity trade that exists in
men believe that obtaining a virgin girl for sex will grant them extra
health and luck. Subsequently, there is a huge demand for young Khmer girls.
Intimate and revealing interviews are held with the men who buy the
virginity of young girls, politicians, aid workers, police, and the victims
themselves. After the screening NGO reps are invited for Q&A.
* SAT, 25/09, 7PM
NEW FILM WITH FRENCH STAR ACTRESS ISABELLE HUPPERT “L'AMOUR CACHE”
This brilliant film plays out though the ongoing analysis sessions between a
woman who has tried to commit suicide (Isabelle Huppert) and a clinical
psychiatrist who obsessively works to unlock her patient's inviolable
silence (Greta Scacchi). As the details of a devastated life emerge - a
rushed marriage, an unwanted pregnancy and the insupportable burden of
obligatory love - the analyst herself begins questioning the validity her
own existence. Producer Mark Hammond, who teaches at the M.E.T.A. film
school, will hold a Q&A.
* SAT, 25/09, MIDNIGHT: We will screen “MIDNIGHT PIECE” by Mauricio Kagel in
the framework of the ”International Music Festival”: This classical music
theatre piece on video is a hommage to German composer Robert Schumann.
* SUN, 26/09, 7PM: DESERT FLOWER
When Waris Dirie’s book DESERT FLOWER appeared in 1998, the world was
shocked. The former supermodel tells her breathtaking life story, describing
her incredible journey from a nomadic life in the deserts of
world’s most famous catwalks. At the peak of her career, she tells in an
interview of the practice of female genital mutilation that she had to
suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decides to end her life as a model and
dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual. Now Waris Dirie is UN
spokeswoman against circumcision. Sherry Hormann tells the inspiring story
of an extraordinary, proud and brave women (120mins, 2009).
TUE, 28/ 09, 7PM
CAMBODIAN PREMIERE SCREENING of "GOOD LUCK EVERY DAY".
Former Cambodian actress Peng Phan was imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge. She
managed to escape from the detention center as hundreds around her,
including many children, were massacred. Haunted by her memories of children
murdered by the KR, Peng Phan decided to devote her life to Cambodia's youth
and turn her home into an orphanage. Spanish filmmakers (57mins, 2010). Peng
Phan and children from her orphanage will attend tonite’s premiere screening
at Meta House. Also showing: THE CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EN by US director Steven
Okazaki (2008, 26mins).
If you can't make it tonite pls. visit us on one of the following evenings,
highlighted by Thursday's DMC Night with Khmer Media students (7PM) and SAME
SAME BUT DIFFERENT (Friday, 7PM).
EXPERIMENTS GONE AWRY: “AKIRA” AT OUR JAPANESE ANIMATION NIGHT
7PM: Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece is one of the most influential examples
of Japanese animation films (“anime”). The story is set in the
post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely
individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic
authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo
when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered
him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, AKIRA (1988, 124mins)
has become a world cult favorite, both smooth in its appearance and coherent
in its narrative. Also screening: “25 FRAMES TO MOVE” about Cambodians first
animation studio in Battambang.
RECAPTURED: DMC MEDIA STUDENTS INVESTIGATE CAMBODIA’S PAST…
7PM: This new series of short documentaries (2010, 90 mins) on Cambodian
memory culture with regard to the Khmer Rouge regime has been produced under
the umbrella of the “Department of Media and Comunication” (DMC) at the
Royal University of Phnom Penh”. 10 teams of Cambodian media students
visited 10 different places throughout the country. Among the locations
featuring in this series are the Phnom Sampov caves in Battambang, the
secret Khmer Rouge military airbase in Kompong Chnang, the last retreat of
the Khmer Rouge in Anlong Veng near the Thai border and the “1st January
Dam” in Kompong Thom. DMC reporters will introduce the films and hold a
"SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT": AN UNIQUE KHMER-GERMAN LOVE STORY
7PM: This new German feature film (2009, 107mins) is based on a memoir by
journalist Benjamin Pruefer, who fell in love with a Khmer bar girl. Both
are little more than kids in appearance but their characters in real life
face tremendous problems when Ben returns to Hamburg and Sreykeo discovers
she is HIV-positive. Moreover Ben discovers a world where not everyone is
dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure. The film is
screened in Khmer version with English subtitles only at Meta House.
Moreover we show the trailer, which documents the Cambodian premiere
screening at Cinema Lux as well as the "making-of", shot by Marc Eberle.
SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS: THE LONG NIGHT OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES
7PM: Conspiracy theories allege that "the 9/11 attacks in 2001 were either
intentionally allowed to happen or were a false flag operation orchestrated
by an organization with elements inside the US government, so the US could
go to war in the Middle East". 7PM: Filmmakers of “SEPTEMBER CLUES” (2008,
92mins) believe that the power of TV-imagery was the driving force behind
the "9/11 deception". 8.45PM: New computer analysis (2010, 22mins) sheds
light "on what most likely caused damage to the World Trade Center". 9.15PM:
"ZERO" (2008, 104mins) challenges assumptions surrounding the attacks with
contributions by Gore Vidal and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo.
WERNER HERZOG & DAVID LYNCH: “MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE”
7PM: The pedigree of Werner Herzog and David Lynch is enough to make any fan
of cult film salivate. In “MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE” (2009, 91mins)
the two aucteurs have joined forces for the first time in their careers to
create a film that is truly worthy of their affiliation. Brilliantly
directed and featuring a stellar cast, - including Willem Dafoe & Michael
Shannon - this film concerns a man whom, after acting in and becoming
obsessed with a Greek play, chooses to do that which his character does;
kill his mother with a sword used as a prop in the production. At 9PM we
screen David Lynch’s fascinating debut “ERASERHEAD” (1976, 89mins).