Dearest Sister

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    Dearest Sister

    Directed by

    Laos, France, Estonia

    2016

    100 min

    • Lao

    Horror

    Nok leaves her village headed for the big city. Once there, Nok moves in with her cousin Ana, confined to her home because of a strange disease that is leaving her blind as well as bringing her face to face with violent supernatural encounters, after which she mumbles a series of numbers predicting the winning lottery tickets. Will Nok be capable of getting rich off of her cousin’s anguish?

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Focus Àsia) - Sitges IFFF
    • Laotian submission for the Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Amphaiphun Phommapunya
    Vilouna Phetmany
    Screenplay
    Christopher Larsen
    Cinematography
    Mart Ratassepp
    Production
    LAO ART MEDIA
    Production
    SLEEPY WHIPPET FILMS
    Production
    SCREEN DIVISION
    Production
    OREE FILMS
    Sales
    SCREEN DIVISION

    Press

    A discomfiting movie that has an even greater, deeply moving impact.

    Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy

    Creepy as hell.

    Ashley Moreno, The Austin Chronicle

    Mattie Do

    Mattie Do

    Laos

    I didn’t watch a lot of films, and don’t know a lot about classics or famous films that have come before me, I’m just doing the stories that I find interesting. And it’s working.

    Mattie Do was born in California to Laotian parents. In 2010, she returned to Laos after her father retired. Her debut feature film, CHANTHALY (2013) not only made her the first woman to direct a feature film in Laos, but it also went on to become the first Lao film to screen outside of Asia at international film festivals throughout North America and Europe. Mattie also became the first Laotian filmmaker to present a Lao film at the Cannes La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde as one of ten international filmmakers to participate, and one of twenty at the Toronto IFF Talent Lab. Her second film, DEAREST SISTER (2016), was presented in Sitges IFF, where it won a Special Jury Mention. It was also selected as the first Lao entry to the 90th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film. Her latest film, THE LONG WALK (2019), premiered in Venice's Giornate degli Autori, and which earned her Best Director in the Noves Visions category at Sitges IFF.

    Selected Filmography