The Long Walk

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    The Long Walk

    Bor Mi Vanh Chark

    Directed by

    Laos, Spain, Singapore

    2019

    116 min

    • Lao

    Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

    Contemporary World Cinema - Toronto IFF / Giornate degli Autori - Venice

    An old man walks the dusty roads between his isolated farm and the nearby rural village in the company of a silent spirit whose death he witnessed fifty years earlier. For decades, the old man's regret over losing his mother to tuberculosis has bred a pathological need to ease the suffering of the terminally ill, and over the years, he has quietly euthanized several sick women. As he realizes that his spectral companion is able to transport him back in time, the old man trespasses into his own past to set in motion a plan to convince his younger self to preempt his mother's terminal suffering.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy
    Por Silatsa
    Noutnapha Soydara
    Vilouna Phetmany
    Chansamone Inoudom
    Screenplay
    Christopher Larsen
    Cinematography
    Matthew Whitcomb Macar
    Editing
    Zohar Michel
    Music
    Anthony Weeden

    Director's Statement

    I began with an image of an old man pushing a motorbike up a dirt road toward a futuristic skyline. An isolated man negotiating an existence between the cracks of development. Films set in the rural spaces of the developing world often glamorize poverty. They tend to portray village life as meditative and spiritual simply because it is not urban. These poverty porn depictions are often reductive and inauthentic. My story is linked to development, but it's not about corruption or neglect. It is not a comforting view of the developing world, but exposes its failings on a personal level.

    Production
    SCREEN DIVISION
    Production
    LAO ART MEDIA
    Production
    AURORA MEDIA
    Sales
    108 MEDIA

    Press

    "A teasingly complex thriller which blends supernatural themes with a distinctive backdrop of tropical futurism."

    Screen Daily

    "A slow brewing thought provoking gem"

    Dread Central

    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.

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