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Directed by Denis Do

France, Luxembourg, Belgium 2018 85 mins. In French with subtitles

Denis Do’s deeply personal, exquisitely animated debut feature grapples with the forced exile—and often murder—of millions of Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge regime’s stranglehold on power during the 1970s. Following one family’s harrowing experience, the film centers on the story of 4-year-old boy separated from his parents as the family moves, forcibly, toward relative safety in Thailand. Taking place over several years as parents Chou and Khuon—voiced by Bérénice Bejo and Louis Garrel, respectively—search for their son, this heartbreaking, vital film gives voice to those who suffered under the brutal regime. “A major artistic achievement that follows the lead of Isao Takahata’s masterful Grave of the Fireflies in using animation to create both the emotional intimacy and necessary distance to confront a historic tragedy that some find unwatchable in live action.” —Peter Debruge, Variety. Best Film, 2018 Annecy Film Festival. Ages 12+. 

Filmography: First feature

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