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  • Aniccam

    Aniccam

    I interviewed the directors Alexandre Do and Lo Xu-Ming Tong on a site I've newly created focusing on artists with Cambodian heritage.

    They talk about growing up in Paris & Montreal, meeting and studying in London, working with Khmer actors, being fans of Jacques Audiard and other influences.

    Read the full interview here.

    Watch the film here.

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    Excerpt:

    Alex: Although the moment that inspired the film was real, it wasn’t enough to make Aniccam. I researched a lot about Cambodia,…

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  • Mirrorhall Pt.1 Jeweled Light

    Mirrorhall Pt.1 Jeweled Light

    ★★★★½

    Nothing less than a spiritual experience.

    Feels like I'm on my way to completing Liz's discography by watching & listening to this. I hear familiar sounds from her entire career; carefully orchestrated distorted noise and drones to soft melancholy piano in repeated, mesmerising soundscapes. The only thing I'm dissapointed in is that her achingly beautiful voice and harmonies aren't featured as much. (I've listened to her early albums so many times that I feel like I could clearly hear what she…

  • Sangha

    Sangha

    ★★★★

    watched with my new studio monitors :) ASMR oceanscapes.

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  • The Plastic House

    The Plastic House

    It's very surreal to have my film as an official selection of Visions du Réel film festival in this moment in time. I made this film in isolation, never thinking of its afterlife. In light of the current pandemic, I hope it raises some timely questions - How do you continue to live and work in isolation? What memories do you keep of loved ones when they're not around? As everything has changed so much, it already feels like a nostalgic film to me.

    List of Influences:
    letterboxd.com/aota/list/the-plastic-house-influences/

  • Passing Summer

    Passing Summer

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    About two thirds in the film, a professor tells Valerie her writing is better when there's no style. Readers can understand the subject. And if there is too much style it comes down to a matter of taste.

    There are several self-referential points in this film. When the kid in the movie theatre tells his dad not to fall asleep. Schanelec is aware of how the film will make her audience feel. Her style can work for or against her,…