After initially finding out inside design, Cambodian Danech San turned to filmmaking, working with Anti-Archive on “Three Wheels” (Kavich Neang, 2015) as manufacturing supervisor, and “Diamond Island” (Davy Chou, 2016) as casting assistant and assistant manufacturing supervisor. Her debut movie, “A Million Years”, world premiered on the 2018 Busan Worldwide Movie Competition. It subsequently was named Greatest Southeast Asian Brief Movie on the 2018 Singapore Worldwide Movie Competition and gained the Arte Brief Movie Award on the 2019 Internationales Kurz movie Competition Hamburg. (supply: Berwick Movie & Media Arts Competition). For her second movie, she cooperates once more with Davy Chou, who handles the position of producer alongside Daniel Mattes, whereas as manufacturing designer, we discover one other Cambodian filmmaker, Sreylin Meas.
“Dawn in My Thoughts” is screening at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
The story takes place in a magnificence salon, the place the protagonist, Pich, is washing the hair of a feminine shopper underneath the sound of Boney M’s “Arms Up”, the aquamarine tapestry on the wall, and posters exhibiting varied forms of eyebrows. Her thoughts is clearly elsewhere and her boss asks her to be faster, on which she replies with a resigned apathy. One other shopper is watching a film on her cellphone the place an actress is arguing with a filmmaker concerning the position of ladies and cinema typically. The music quickly modifications to one thing extra native, and the dialogue between the co-workers turns in direction of a earlier meal in an costly restaurant, and a younger man who appears to love Pich, though she acts in direction of him with indifference, a minimum of in entrance of her co-workers. The setting then modifications to the aforementioned younger man, who’s revealed to be a supply man named Lay, though one who can also be totally different from his colleagues, as a scene the place he stands a bit away from them whereas they speak crudely about ladies, showcases. A bit later, and though it’s nighttime, he visits the parlor asking to have his hair washed. An nearly surrealistic scene the place blue tints fill the display screen and an aquarium turns into the purpose of focus, results in the conclusion of the flirt, a minimum of for now…
The very first thing one will discover is that the movie is visually spectacular. From the set design to the general coloring, the framing, the modifications of the digicam’s distances from its topics, courtesy of DP Jeremiah Overman, all level towards an eye fixed sweet, of a top quality very hardly ever met in shorts. The identical applies to the surreal scene, when actuality and dream blur in a means that leaves the reply to the viewer, whereas the ending body might be probably the most spectacular second within the film.
Relating to the context, Sain appears to deal with the mundanity of on a regular basis life, notably in jobs because the one Pich and Lay maintain, and the way romance could be an escape from actuality that would doubtlessly result in happiness. Furthermore, he poster of various eyebrows and their respective eyes, most of which appear to belong to western ladies, may very well be perceived as a comment on the requirements of feminine magnificence which are primarily imposed to all ladies. The film proven on the smartphone additionally looks as if a pointed touch upon art-house filmmaking, which is introduced in quite clever (and cheeky) style).
Madeza Chhem as Pich can also be fairly good, speaking her ideas and emotions in laconic however quite eloquent means, whereas her “secret smile” is without doubt one of the most memorable moments of the film.
“Dawn in My Thoughts” is a superb quick, visually spectacular and contextually clever, that additionally exhibits that Sain positively has what it takes to maneuver on to options, notably with such a crew round her.