Last Night I Saw You Smiling

Last Night I Saw You Smiling
Contry of Production
Kavich NEANG
Official Website


“We’re used to seeing a house for its roof, windows, and walls. But in the end, as we move out of here, it breaks my heart.” Filmmaker Kavich Neang’s father is one of the hundreds of residents who must leave the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh. This housing block bore witness to a tremendous series of events: the young nation’s Golden Age; a traumatic breakdown under a radical regime; decades of cultural revival centered within its walls; and, the rapid pace of capitalist development that would ultimately lead to its demise. Now the once radiant walls are grey and damaged. Neang, born here in 1987 and raised inside, once dreamed of shooting a fiction film here, but reality overtook his plan. It’s now the location for his first full-length documentary. When demolition comes, it’s all just a memory.

PIC:Mr. Daniel MATTES (Producer and Press Coordinator)

Producer and Press Coordinator for Anti-Archive, an independent production company established in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2014 by filmmakers Davy CHOU, Steve CHEN, and Kavich NEANG. Daniel MATTES recently produced LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING (2019, Kavich Neang, documentary, 78', NETPAC Award, IFFR; Special Jury Prize, Jeonju) and NEW LAND BROKEN ROAD (2018, Kavich Neang, fiction, 15', Best Film, Kyiv International Short Film Festival). He joined as co-writer as well as production manager on BUILDING, the debut feature film from Kavich Neang, due to begin shooting in October 2019.