Saturday, February 02, 2008

Movie goers at Meta House

Tonight's offering at Meta House on Street 264, here in Phnom Penh, is Rithy Panh's docu-drama called The Burnt Theatre, or Les Artistes du Théâtre Brûlé. Panh (pictured) directed and co-wrote the film which is a blend of fact and fiction, based on the actual lives of the actors, depicting a troupe of actors and dancers struggling to practice their art in the burned-out shell of Cambodia's former national theatre. The Burnt Theatre premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival as an official selection in the out-of-competition main programme, and has been screened at several other film festivals. It's posted as a 7pm start tonight but they usually kick-off half an hour later.
I must get off my arse and do some shopping this afternoon at the Russian Market and then tomorrow, I'm planning an early start to visit Phnom Chisor, a hilltop temple that I haven't been to for a few years, located about 50 kms south of Phnom Penh. It's got great views over the surrounding Takeo countryside and will make a nice break from the traffic and heat of the city.

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