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Lady Penh: what to do in Phnom Penh?

Lady Penh is the founder of Phnom Penh and tells you about what's going on in Phnom Penh!

not to miss!
D+0  Fri. 28/11, 20:00 - Wazobia! @ Rock! Cambodia
D+1  Sat. 29/11, 09:00 - Christmas Street Fair @ Xmas'corner (Streets 19/240)
D+2  Sun. 30/11, 17:00 - Essence of Dance - Show Case @ Department of Performing Arts
D+5  Wed. 03/12, 20:30 - THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS (NEW) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
Thursday, November 27
exhibition
11:00 "Nature: 34 Wonders of the World" @ Institut Français
 
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Preservation of biodiversity is a major environmental challenge of the 21st Century.

Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) implements a plan of protection in located biodiversity hotspots, where high biodiversity is under threat.

Created in collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement , the magazine Terre Sauvage, the League for the Protection of Birds and the CEPF, "Nature: 34 Wonders of the world" exhibit offers a view of these amazing regions and species from the 34 hotspots located by CEPF.

Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 19 and Saturday from 11 to 18

Until: December 31

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cinema
16:00 ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013) @ The Flicks 2+3
 
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Julian (Ryan Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives from London to bring back the body.

When Jenna forces Julian to settle the score with his brother’s killers, Julian finds himself in the ultimate showdown.

This is one of the most shocking and one of the best movies of the year. – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

A feverish blend of ultra-violence, corruption, bad mothering and karaoke… Simultaneously seedy and artsy, the film has a jagged stop-start pace that will mesmerise some, bore others and confound those left over. – 3AW

The story unfolds in a series of carefully composed tableaux accompanied by a mixture of western and oriental music, and what is enacted is a dreamlike fable of revenge and retribution. – THE OBSERVER

(90 mins, crime, drama, thriller)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhRKlwr1-KM

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sports
17:40 Pilates (last classes today!!!) @ Samata Spa
 
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Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.40 and 6.50pm

On Tuesdays

5.40pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.

6.50pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!

On Thursdays:

5.40pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!

6.50pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.

Paul is a professional pilates instuctor specialising in matwork, small apparatus and studio. He trained and taught for 8 years in Australia before moving to Cambodia, teaching mat work and working with people of all ages and pilates experience to address postural problems and common back complaints.

Paul is currently offering mat classes for people who would like to experience classical pilates with a focus on whole body strengthening, form and flow. Exercises are adapted to the level that suits each client and are classes are designed to ensure a healthy and challenging workout.

Enquiries into personal sessions are also welcome.

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workshop
18:00 Bachata Lessons @ Feel Good Cafe
 
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Bachata class with Artemiy and Olga. $10 for drop-in.

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cinema
18:00 L'Escale (2013) @ Institut Français
 
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L'Escale, directed by Kaveh Bakthiari French OV with English Subtitles

Amir is an Iranian migrant whose apartment in Athens has become a transit place for all the migrants who want to enter other Western countries. All of them are stuck here, in Amir's place, waiting for the documents, the contacts or the brokers they will have to trust...

Tickets : 2$ and 1$ (Media Library suscribers)

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cinema
18:30 LIFE PARTNERS (new) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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At 29, the most long-term relationship Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) have ever been in is with each other, using their co-dependent friendship as an excuse not to venture out into the dating world alone.

But when Paige meets nerdy Tim (Adam Brody) and starts to get serious for the first time, the nature of their friendship begins to shift. Fearing she’s being cast aside, Sasha tries to keep their relationship the same, but does growing up also mean growing apart?

A well-scripted, intriguingly-acted effort to mine the theme of prolonged adolescent best-buddyism through two women. – VARIETY

Life Partners travels some very familiar ground, but the strength of its writing, the honesty of its plot, and the charm of its leading ladies means that it’s a real cut above the rest of its genre brethren. – FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

These characters, all of whom feel fleshed out and thoroughly lived-in, constitute the foundation of a story that unfolds organically, blessedly free of the twee self-regard common to films about millennials in flux. – SLATE MAGAZINE

(95 mins, comedy, romance)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgCPs6iKF2w

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cinema
19:00 The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (new) @ Meta House
 

Dan is a 35 year old computer programmer from Pittsburgh. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore. Join us as we take a journey through the rapidly growing world of Bitcoin, in THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN (2014, 96 min). Film is presented by Steve Menger. The founder of bitcambodia.com started the first restaurant in Cambodia to accept Bitcoins, Coin Cafe in BKK3. He writes: “Bitcoin is both a medium of exchange as well as a payment network. The remittance market is an exciting mechanism for Bitcoin in Cambodia. Another is facilitating international trade without the need for 3rd party payment systems like banks or paypal. I'm working on the latter idea with bitcambodia.com, but it is early. Bitcoin technology is the future and we've only begun to see it's potential.”

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party
20:00 Western Karaoke Night @ Sundance Inn & Saloon
 
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With more than 40,000 songs from all genres.

Hosted by Mick The Mic.

Until: December 31

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cinema
20:30 THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS (NEW) @ The Flicks 3
 
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The Argentinian director Daniel Burman (the Woody Allen of Latin America) brings us El Misterio de la Felicidad, or The Mystery of Hapiness.

Eugenio and Santiago are life-long business partners and their intimate friendship borders on telepathic communication. They understand each other without words, they care for each other, they need each other.

One day Eugenio disappears without leaving any clues behind. Santiago immediately notices his absence, but only realizes what have happened when Eugenio’s wife, Laura, lost and hopeless assures him that Eugenio has left. Santiago and Laura begin a journey in order to find him and end up discovering that they prefer to stay together in this quest rather than finding out where he is.

On the one hand, The Mystery of Happiness is about a typical midlife crisis, yet Burman chooses to focus not on the motivations of the guy who bailed (although Eugenio becomes a sympathetic figure despite his cowardly act), but rather on the two people whose lives he anchored.

The Mystery of Happiness is a film about love, but goes beyond it, it pushes boundaries, it explores the idea of loyalty and estrangement, and it definitely puts dreams over long lost promises.

The mood is largely bouncy, the dialogue spry, and the actors, who include some of Argentina’s best-known comic performers, are masters of timing and couldn’t be better suited to their roles. Burman’s ability to deliver a slick, warm-hearted package is again in evidence, with an added touch of visual playfulness.

A consistently entertaining comedy with plenty of cross-over potential that did big biz at home. – VARIETY

(92 mins, comedy, drama, romance, screening with English subtitles)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z5WU6Vv6t8

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cinema
20:30 THE KILLING FIELDS (1984) @ 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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cinema
20:30 THE 100-FOOT JOURNEY (new) @ The Flicks 1
 
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In “The Hundred-Foot Journey” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France.

Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai.

That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and is expected to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards in February 2015.

“This is just food porn!” – ROLLING STONE

“Mirren’s Madame Mallory unctuously oozes her dedication to perfection from every pore — and it’s truly delicious to watch her work her magic up on the screen.” – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

(122 mins, drama)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEO1TWeM5JU

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exhibition
“In the Intimacy of Humanitarian Action” @ Bophana Center
 
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The exhibition will showcase scenes of humanitarian fields across the world, accompanied by poetical texts. A sensorial experience of looking into the inner side of humanitarian work through images, poems, film and discussion. After its great successes in Paris (December 2011 and September 2014), the exhibition is shown in the Kingdom for the first time. Especially for the Cambodian edition of the exhibition, the photos and poems will be presented in 4 languages (Khmer, English, Japanese and French).

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Regulars and reminders
exhibition
"The Silent Life" by Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon @ Institut Français
 
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IFC invites young French artists Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon to share a one-month creative residency in Cambodia. Their work focuses on urban and daily life, filled with items – including unattractive ones - that art can question and sublimate. Chloé Jarry recreates patterns and items of daily life with ceramics, revealing their sculptural nature. Adrien Guigon finds his raw materials in urban areas, and turns them into colorful and poetic objects.

The residence also involved some students from the Royal University of Fine Arts, who attended a moulding workshop on the topic of "still life", using common items of daily life. Chloé Jarry and Adrien Guigon's artworks will be shown along with the RUFA student ones in the exhibition gallery of Institut Français !

More: http://goo.gl/dcuhge

Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 19 / Saturday from 11 to 18

Until: December 31

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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.

Costs:

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

www.facebook.com/cambodiaphototours

Organized by: Cambodia Photo Tours

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exhibition
"Happy Paintings" by Stef @ The Plantation
 
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Happy Painting is a collection of 14 large size canvases started 20 years ago when Stef moved in Cambodia. Stef’s paintings overflow with the joy of life and serenity.

He constructs worlds where bliss and kindness reign supreme, as remedy for the unhappiness surrounding us. The artist’s vision is naïve, with figurative motifs and vibrant colours.

Stef’s unique style - that one may have seen in many places in Cambodia - has supporters all around the world. Happy Painting exhibition at The Plantation will be one of the first times that such a great number of Stef’s paintings will be displaced together.

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