Cambodia/USA | 2015 | Color | DCP | 1.85 | 90 min
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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 modernization 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.
Lida DUCH, Sokun NHEM, Hak KIM
Writer, Director, and Producer: Steve CHEN
Music by Keiichi SUGIMOTO
Director of Photography: Douglas SEOK
Editor: J. Samson LEE
Production Company: Chen Office (USA) / Co-Production: Anti-Archive (Cambodia)
Supported by: The Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Cambodia
Festival del Film Locarno
Locarno, Switzerland 5-15 | 8 | 2015
In Competition | Concorso Cineasti del Presente
2nd Silk Road International Film Festival (第二届丝绸之路国际电影节)
Fuzhou, China 22-26 | 9 | 2015
6th Cambodia International Film Festival
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 04-10 | 12 | 2015
31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara, California 03-13 | 02 | 2016
9th Cinemasia Film Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands 01-06 | 03 | 2016
32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Los Angeles, California 21-28 | 04 | 2016
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