Lady Penh: what to do in Phnom Penh?

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D+0  Sun. 25/01, 16:00 - AusCham’s Australia Day Sunday Afternoon Wine & Jazz @ The Exchange
Sunday, January 25
09:00 Traditional Khmer Instrument Performance @ Wat Ounalom
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A group of Khmer musicians led by Min Bona will play traditional instruments on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am at Wat Ounalom (on Sothearos Boulevard near the FCC). There will also be instruments on display until 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated in support of continued work to raise awareness about this cultural art form.

For more information, call 070 692 379 or 092 721 321.

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10:00 Alcoholics Anonymous @ House #215, Street 13

A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

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10:00 Oscar Mominee: THE BOXTROLLS (new) @ The Flicks 1
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A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning).

Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable.

The Boxtrolls may still make for a better watch than a great many movies spoon-fed to children in the present era, but it’s sometimes a little closer to the chaff than a Laika film should be. - THE FLICKS

The true charm of these characters comes from their exuberantly animated personalities – not a prettied-up Disney-fied exterior. - ORLANDO WEEKLY

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2dFVnp5K0o

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12:00 ALIVE INSIDE (new) @ The Flicks 1
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“Alive Inside” is the work of director/writer Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, who is the founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory. Cohen goes into nursing homes and sets patients up with ipods and earphones, and plays the patient’s favorite music. This is sometimes learned from the family, sometimes from the patient, sometimes it’s an educated guess.

The transformation in these patients is, I guarantee you, one of the most remarkable things you will ever see. It is pointed out that there is no medicine that can do this for these people, that they are overmedicated, and that the U.S. can save literally billions and billions of dollars by introducing this program into nursing homes. And it keeps elders out of those same nursing homes and with their families.

The music awakens memories in the person, it socializes them in a way they haven’t been before, it calms them, it brings a smile to their faces. People who were sitting slumped over in a wheelchair not only begin to sing but dance. Truly remarkable.

The film shows one woman who has been cared by her husband for ten years without medication by playing her music for her.

You will never have seen anything like this documentary.

The idea is to not throw away our elderly people, to get the younger generation involved so that they can receive the gifts these wonderful people have to offer.

Alive Inside will be a life-changing experience not only for you but for your loved ones.

Music here seems to have a miraculous power to lift up, to awaken, to reinvigorate. - SEATTLE TIMES

In a world drowning in bad news about dementia – an estimated 5 million Americans currently suffer, 10 million serve as their caregivers, with both numbers inevitably going up – “Alive Inside” is positively tonic. - LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Alive Inside” contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the United States of America’s most important documentaries of the year. - BBC AT THE MOVIES

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14:00 DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (new) @ The Flicks 1
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Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama.

Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.”

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black.

While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university’s dean, defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine.

Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV.

But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side. The Press

Good films create buzz, but movies like Dear White People create conversations. - THE WRAP

Welcome to the head-spinning gamesmanship of the Obama era – and to the most elegantly candid comedy of racial tension since Spike Lee burst onto the scene 30 years ago. - BBC

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwJhmqLU0so

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not to miss! 16:00 AusCham’s Australia Day Sunday Afternoon Wine & Jazz @ The Exchange
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Live Jazz (Euan Gray & Kin), children’s activities in the garden, Australian Open Tennis on the big screen, food and drink specials!

RSVP: For more information and pre-bookings contact info@auschamcambodia.com

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16:00 SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT (2007) @ The Flicks 2+3
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Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan, who still live in Phnom Penh at this moment.

The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben returns home to Germany he discovers that Sreyko is sick and he takes on the responsibility to save her. On the way he discovers a world where not everyone is dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure.

An epic sweeping love story spanning two continents, “Same Same But Different” is “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Dr. Zhivago” meets “Pretty Woman.” Kross carries this film from opening to closing credits. Just as he startled the world in “The Reader,” the now 19-year-old enters leading man status here. The film is visually stunning with breathtaking cinematography, costume design, and art direction all beyond compare.

(107 mins, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VjZSx6bjqk

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16:00 Nicolas Sparks' THE BEST OF ME (one-time screening) @ The Flicks 1
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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend.

Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today.

Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Grab a tissue and get ready to have your heartstrings tugged in this Nicholas Sparks melodrama, replete with its elements of love and loss….The perfect date movie, the film is romantic in the purest sense - URBAN CINEFILE

You can sneer, but I don’t care – the heart wants what it will, and my heart wants Sparks. So there. - UK OBSERVER

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQszhfoP_WI

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Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier.

So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.

Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. The Press

Also known as Eat Pray Love – The Guy Edition. - 3AW (Australia)

Sweet without being cloying, though it sometimes flirts dangerously with that possibility. At the same time, if you’re allergic to whimsy, this is best avoided. - DAILY MAIL

Quirky, engaging and unexpected, this charming exploration of the road to happiness is elevated by the appealing presence of Simon Pegg, whose dissatisfied psychiatrist delves into the conundrum with naïve enthusiasm - AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWFVAIbIkS4

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18:00 LITTLE ACCIDENTS (new) @ The Flicks 2+3
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Little Accidents is the type of film that stays with you long after the lights come up.

When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community. Reeling from the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made her family the prime target for the town’s anger. When she forms a dangerous bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook), truths will be uncovered that threaten to tear apart the few remaining threads holding the town together in this intense drama from writer-director Sara Colangelo.

This movie was shot in 24 days and entirely in film, in order to capture the grittiness of the subject matter. Kodak donated half of the film.

Little Accidents isn’t so much a film about a coal mining disaster as it is a film about loss and how we choose to deal with the tragic events that occur in our lives. The Press

Nothing feels forced in this movie, which is testament to Colangelo’s skill as well as the cast’s. You believe the coal dust on these people; you grieve for their secrets. - DETROIT NEWS

“Little Accidents” is a serious movie, but, to its credit, it’s never entirely bleak. Revealing the truth always remains an option, just waiting to set the characters free. - WASHINGTON POST

A small-town tragedy leads to moral crises on all sides in Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents, a sober drama that makes class central to the story without ever sounding like it has an agenda. - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXNvg3Hp-HI

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20:00 Maggie Smith in MY OLD LADY (new) @ The Flicks 1
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Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge.

His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.

The whole film is shot in Paris and many of the scenes are simply gorgeous. It is a very charming movie, with some heavy undertones.

Just when you think the story is going to proceed on a well-worn, cosily romantic track, its characters unpack their emotional baggage, revealing unexpected depths of hurt and taking the film into bittersweet dramatic territory. - MOVIE TALK

This is sensible, straightforward mature-age viewing, devoid of dumb jokes, cheap thrills or goofy gimmicks. - HERALD SUN (Australia)

Every threat of sentimentality and melodrama is averted by a seriously strong cast working from a snappy script. - THIS IS LONDON

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck35r6E4VRM

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20:00 Russia's Oscar Nominee: LEVIATHAN (new) @ The Flicks 3
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The latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the acclaimed director of The Return (Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee). LEVIATHAN is nominated for 1 Academy Award in the category Best Foreign Film.

On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Nikolai (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka.

The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Nikolai. To save their homes Nikolai calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor. The Press

This is quite a movie, a bitter and compassionate work of genius that will reward repeat viewings and keep on getting better. - SALON.COM

Here she is, Mother Russia in all her corrupt, bloated glory…and despair. A biting parable as enervating as a day-long vodka binge. - NEW YORK TIMES

It’s a small story set in a memorably desolate location. The actors, all quite magnificent, enlarge it … - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oo7H25kirk

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20:30 THE KILLING FIELDS (1985) @ The Flicks 2
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Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.

When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.

The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed and a must-see for everybody in Cambodia; locals as visitors.

(141 minutes, biography, drama, history)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92zK2w78J-c

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Regulars and reminders
09:00 Pony Club @ Cambodia Country Club
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Participants learn more about grooming, braiding, promenades and the caring of ponies. Details 023 885 591.

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13:30 Daily Photo Tour & Workshop @ FCC
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Professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is leading a casual-high learning curve photography workshop-tour in Phnom Penh.

During the 4-hour tour you will learn to set your camera for optimum results and discover Phnom Penh City with your camera.

This photo workshop is designed to make you a better photographer.


1/2 day from 1.30pm until 5.15pm from $55 per person.

Full day from 9.30am until 5.15pm $110,- p.p.

Includes all transportation by stand-by tuk-tuk-optional, ferry ride, fees and waters.

For Bookings Call: +855 (0) 60873847

website: www.klinkphoto.com


Organized by: Cambodia Photo Tours

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"Gods and Angels" @ Java Café & Gallery
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Gods and Angels is an exhibition of costumes from the early work of award-winning dancer/choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Sophiline has always been a pioneer. As a student she was amongst the first generation to enroll at the School of Fine Arts after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, where she studied the three major roles for female performers, a rare achievement. Later as a choreographer she found inspiration in Shakespeare, Mozart, traditional folklore and contemporary Cambodian art. Her 33-year career spans the classical canon to newly created works that have toured around the world with recognition and commissions from well-known institutions. Gods and Angels highlights, in particular, classical dance costumes she designed and commissioned in the traditional “Chaktomuk” style from 1999 to 2006.

What comes through in Sophiline’s work is her ability to see into the heart of a story and performance—to take that story and make it her own. She masterfully weaves together her personal history with classical narratives and form. The resulting work emerges as socially and culturally relevant. She is thorough in her research, immersing herself in form, narrative, gesture and historical context. That thoroughness plays out on stage with highly articulated movements, costumes and technical impeccability. In some works, she flips traditional stories by taking minor characters and elevates them to the lead. In others, she finds parallels in centuries-old literature with the recent history of her own country.

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