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[Southeast Asia Classic]


Director: LY Bun Yim

1968|Cambodia|Color|121min|Language: Thai (Kumer in original)|Subtitles: Japanese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/9 (Wed) 11:30 The Seventh Art Theater
3/11 (Fri) 18:40 The Seventh Art Theater
3/12 (Sat) 23:30 Planet Studyo Plus One
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Kong Sam Oeun, Vireak Dara, Ly Ratanak, Nop Nem, Sak Sisbong

The story is based on an ancient Khmer myth in which a king marries twelve orphaned sisters. His thirteenth wife happens to be a witch who fools him into believing that the twelve sisters are actually witches. The misled king has the twelve sisters blinded and thrown into a cave. One of their children attempts to rescue them in a plot that involves a mysterious but kind-hearted hermit, a flying horse, a flying boar, a drunken orgy, and a bottle containing the eyeballs of the twelve sisters. Cruel fairy tale, bucolic folklore, naive fantasy, court conspiracy and shocking splatter – the film gleefully mixes genres and narrative forms. The fantastic locations, lavish decor and magnificent use of colour make for an unforgettable spectacle, and LY also proves his technical mastery with astoundingly imaginative low-tech special effects.

In cooperation with
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions
Berlinale Forum