Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian thriller debuts at film festivals

Cambodian thriller debuts at film festivals

Cambodian thriller debuts at film festivals

AHIT murder mystery set in modern-day Phnom Penh will make its debut at the North Korean film festival, which opens tomorrow.

Vanished features an attractive radio show presenter who becomes terrified that her life is in danger after two of her close friends mysteriously disappear. Dealing with issues of trust and the struggle for independence, the film played to sell-out audiences in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang last year.

The film was chosen to represent Cambodia’s film industry by the Ministry of Culture’s Department of Film.

“This year we chose Vanished because it is an exciting well-made film that showcases Cambodia’s talent brilliantly,” said Chan Sayasin, director of the Department of Film.

Film producer Matthew Robinson said: “It’s a tribute to the local actors and technicians whose talent made Vanished such a success. It’s a great honour for us that North Koreans can see first-hand some aspects of life in Phnom Penh through our movie.”

The film may also be shown in the Luang Prabang Film Festival in Laos, Robinson said, ahead of its TV premiere on channel CTN later this year. In the meantime, it has become the first Cambodian movie to earn a review in Hollywood’s Variety.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australian police investigating death threat against Kem Ley's widow

    Updated: 10:17am, Friday March 23, 2018 Australian authorities on Thursday confirmed they have launched an investigation into a crudely written death threat sent tothe family of slain political analyst Kem Ley and Victoria state MP Hong Lim. The typed letter, reported to Victoria police last week, is

  • Apparel groups including H&M and Gap urge Cambodia garment industry reform, seek meeting with Hun Sen

    A group representing some of the largest apparel brands in the US and Europe – including Gap, H&M and ASOS – expressed “growing concern” on Tuesday over several controversial labour laws and ongoing court cases against unionists described as restrictive and unjust. In an open letter

  • Cambodia, states clash at UN session

    Cambodia traded shots with the international community in a heated exchange at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday evening, with states condemning the Kingdom’s ongoing crackdown on the political opposition and civil society, and an increasingly agitated Cambodia accusing member states