Memory film festival is the 9 days event screening of the good old films for free at Chaktomuk Theater, Bophana Center and French Institute.
This is the Press release from Memory Film Festival.
This would be an exciting event of June, especially for films lovers.
The first edition of the MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival will take place in Phnom Penh from June 1 through 9, 2013.
In the spirit of cinema heritage events and festivals highlighting film heritage like Cannes Classics, Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Lumière festival in Lyon or All the memory of the world at La Cinémathèque française, a new festival dedicated to film heritage will see the light of day in Phnom Penh.
MEMORY! will be the first project of this kind in Asia.
Around 40 classics from around the world, two exhibitions, a special tribute to films by His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, a cine-concert with Dengue Fever, conferences and encounters with international cinema heritage experts, a large program for young generations and a sustainable 35mm screening equipment at Chaktomuk Theater, compliant with international cinematheque standards: this is what MEMORY comprises in
its first edition.
It will last nine days, with free access for all. A special attention will be given to young generations through university, school and NGO partnerships.
This festival has various goals:
- Screen classics from several countries and share them with a large audience in Phnom Penh, in a country where there are special efforts put towards the preservation of cinema and audiovisual heritage.
- Enable meetings and conferences to reunite cinema and film archive professionals, including students and public officials.
- Discuss the means available for heritage preservation, share experiences in this field, create new strategies and encourage joint efforts to save a common heritage; but most of all, make this heritage accessible to all.
- Put forward the cultural and economic challenges linked to heritage to professionals as well as the public. Cinema is a space for exchange and dialogue: we can’t have a dynamic cinema industry without heritage.
- Have people discover real images on big screen: since today people relay mainly on new technologies (tablets, mobile phones), we wish for them to be exposed to another aesthetics, another type of lighting and sound.
The motivation for creating such an event relies on the importance to preserve memory and enable access to this heritage.
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FREE PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Screenings at Chaktomuk Conference Hall and at the Bophana Center of major international classics, around the theme of Dance, but also various film archive and recent documentaries around this thematic.
DEBATES AND WORKSHOPS
Professional events, open to the public, with filmmakers, actors and film archive professionals from Asian, European and American archives.
EXHIBITIONS IN TOWN
- Exhibition 1: “Birds of Paradise” – Painted Posters from the Golden Age of Khmer Cinema, (Contemporary paintings by a Cambodian artist, reproductions of original posters from lost films)
Exhibition venue: Chaktomuk Conference Hall.
- Exhibition 2: “From Shadows to Silver Screen” – A History of Cinema in Cambodia
Exhibition venue: Bophana Center
CINE-CONCERT TO ENGAGE YOUNG AUDIENCES: ANOTHER ENTRY POINT TO FILM HERITAGE
Dengue Fever will perform on June 5th in Koh Pich with the Video Jockey (VJ) Alexandre Elkouby. The explicit aim is to engage younger generations with music and encourage them to discover film heritage in a different way.
Dengue Fever is a six-member —five musicians and one singer, Chhom Nimol— Cambodian-American band from Los Angeles that combines pop, Cambodian music and psychedelic rock.
Alexandre Elkouby is a French Video Jockey (VJ) who has performed with several bands blending music and cinema, notably the “Tati Concerts” organized by Technicolor Foundation in several countries.
The idea of this cine-concert is to present Cambodian spectators an original gateway to cinema heritage by mixing great classics.
PROGRAMS FOR STUDENT AND SCHOLARS
REGISTRATION PRIORITY: priority will be given to schools, universities and NGOs who book their place in advance. This is valid for all screenings and conferences of the festival.
Specific sessions will be dedicated to young audiences:
MEMORY! Kids: For children… but also adults!
Screening of heritage films:
Modern Times, by Charlie Chaplin
Mr Hulot’s Holiday (1953), by Jacques Tati
A Trip to the Moon (1902), in color by Georges Méliès
Presentation/discussion about the early age of cinema at the time of Georges Méliès, the Lumière brothers, Charlie Chaplin…
How the cinema was invented?
The first films in the history of cinema
A journey through the production of a film in 1902, at the time of A Trip to the Moon…
Six morning sessions from 9:00am to 11:00am and one afternoon session from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
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