‘Too realistic’: why Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang’s movies, such as White Building, win more fans and accolades overseas than at home

Award-winning Cambodian director Kavich Neang talks about why his films are too realistic for audiences at home, but are loved overseas.

Cambodian director Kavich Neang’s feature film White Building was not a popular choice among his country’s movie-goers when it was released in September 2021, because it was “too real”.

“In Cambodia, people watch movies to escape reality and they say that the movies I make are too realistic,” Kavich Neang says in an interview with the Post.

In stark contrast, the film was received with great enthusiasm elsewhere in the world. So far, it has won three awards and been nominated for 14 prizes at international film festivals in Asia, Europe and the United States.

In full: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3232769/too-realistic-why-cambodian-filmmaker-kavich-neangs-movies-such-white-building-win-more-fans-and

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