Funan

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    Funan

    Directed by

    Belgium, Cambodia, France, Luxembourg

    2018

    84 min

    • French

    Animation

    The story of a young woman who must learn how to stand up for herself, exist in the regime of the Khmer Rouge, survive and find her son who was kidnapped during their forced exile from Phnom Penh.

    Awards

    • Crystal for a Feature Film - Annecy IAFF
    • Special Mention - Animafest Zagreb

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Bérénice Bejo
    Louis Garrel
    Screenplay
    Denis Do
    Magali Pouzol
    Elise Trinh
    Music
    Thibault Kientz Agyeman
    Sales
    BAC FILMS
    Production
    LES FILMS D'ICI

    Press

    Colorfully realistic clear-line drawings.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The beauty and immensity of Cambodian landscapes only underline the couple's helpless situation.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A compellingly dark and accurate look at a major 20th century atrocity, showing what it was like to experience it firsthand as a broken family.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to animation, Do has been able to make a realistic film that leaves room for audience interpretation whilst giving viewers an insight into this regime and how it affected people’s lives.

    Lisa van der Waal, Cineuropa

    Denis Do

    Denis Do

    France

    Born in Paris in 1985, Denis was raised in 3 different cultures, which all reflect on his thought process and work: from France to China, and Cambodia. He was always fascinated by images and drawing, and his education led him to an artistic route: in 2009 he graduated the prestigious school Les Gobelins "L'école de l'image", pioneer in the fields of animation and filmmaking. His last school project, created in collaboration with Thomas Charra, Michael Crouzat, Gabriel Jolly Monge and Kherveen Dabydall, was a short film, LE RUBAN is the tale of a love story under the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1960's. This first experience confirmed his desire to tell human stories, personal and full of emotions, and to implement the story of one person within the larger frame of History – and all with a sleek and realist esthetic.

    Selected Filmography