The movie received the “Founders Grand Prize Best Film” award at the festival, which took place last week in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Director Kulikar Sotho, who received the prize at the festival, gave an amazing acceptance speech and dedicated the award to the people of Cambodia.
Oscar-winning film director and festival founder Michael Moore calls it a ‘beautiful, beautiful film’ and ‘true festival gem’ and hopes to help it secure an indie theatrical release in the US.
In 2015, The Last Reel also won “Best Narrative Feature” and Dy Saveth received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Cambodia’s most celebrated actress Dy Saveth received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Last Reel?
The story is about a lost film, buried beneath Cambodia’s killing fields, reveals different versions of the truth. It tells a contemporary story about love, family and the ghosts of Cambodia’s past. The film delves into the legacy of the trauma and terror that families suffered under the Khmer Rouge, and the impact it has had on subsequent generations. It was initially released on October 26, 2014. It was selected as the Cambodian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
Kulikar is a first time director. “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 said early. Kulikar Sotho is known for her work on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), The Last Reel (2014) and Wish You Were Here (2012).