Rithy Panh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia


He was born in Phnom Penh in 1964. When he was 11, Red Khmers occupied Phnom Penh. From 1975 to 1979, he lived in Red Khmer’s camp, from which he ran away to Taiwan and later to France. There he enrolled in the film school IDHEC. In 1989, he returned to Cambodia where he made the acclaimed and prize-winning documentary Site 2. He made his first feature film Neak sre (Rice People) in 1994. Afterwards he made Bophana, une tragédie cambodgienne (1996), Un soir aprés la guere (One Evening After the War, 1998), La terre des ameserrantes (The Land of the Wandering Souls, 2000), Que la barque se brise, que la Jonque s'entrouvre (2001), S-21, la machine de mort Khmére rouge (S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine, 2003).


Films by this director

Rice People

(Neak sre/Les Gens de la riziére, Kambođža, 1994)

Directed by: Rithy Panh
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacques Bouquin

Vong Poeuw and his family’s life, their joys, beliefs and survival follow the rhythm of growing rice. They have little land, the family is big, and the children grow fast. Due to a banal event, their lives cycle takes a tragic turn from the routine. Festivals, awards: Cannes (ecumenical jury’s praise), Singapore (award for the best actress, jury’s special praise), Hawaii (jury’s special award) Director’s statement: Personally, I do not like the director to give out instructions. Sometime...

35 mm, color, 130 min

The Missing Picture

(L’image manquante, Cambodia, France, 2013)

Directed by: Rithy Panh

Kultni kambodžanski redatelj Rithy Panh ovim filmom zaista je složio sliku koja nam je nedostajala u svemu što smo znali o režimu Crvenih Kmera i to na posve originalan način. Kombinacijom arhive, detaljnog emotivnog dokumentarnog pripovjedanja i sa stotinom malih glinenih lutkica, prikazao je cijelu jednu mini-epohu vlastitog života s kraja 1970-ih godina. Tada jedanaestogodišnjak, Panh je svjedočio svom zlu koje se nadvilo nad ovu zemlju, a ovim filmom suptilno nam je podastro sv...

color, DCP, 96'
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