REVIVES CAMBODIAN FILMS
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[ November 22nd 2004 ]
a decade of silence, Cambodia's movie industry
is enjoying a boom due to a dash of Hollywood
attention, burgeoning nationalism and cheaper
production costs, industry insiders say. Despite
a complete lack of film or acting schools, Cambodian
movie-makers last year shot 30 digital films.
Some were of questionable quality but all had
full cinema releases, compared to just one from
1996 to 2002.
bombshell Angelina Jolie's 2001 hit 'Tomb Raider',
which starred the famed Angkor Wat temple complex
as its backdrop, first stirred interest among
Cambodians in the potential of movies set here,
film department director Kuong Kantara said. "Cambodia
started to see its gift of nature and cultural
buildings as an excellent backdrop for movie production,"
he said. As a result, the local industry is booming,
even at the expense of foreign films. "People
have stopped watching foreign movies. Those cinemas
who dare show them face falling profits," Phnom
Penh cinema owner Yun Mean said.
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