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Film Screening: WHITE BUILDING

Join the Chicago Architecture Biennial for an outdoor screening of WHITE BUILDING at Overton Incubator as part of the 2021 Chicago International Film Festival.

WHITE BUILDING Bodeng Sar

DIRECTED BY: Kavich Neang

COUNTRIES: Cambodia, France, China    

RUN TIME: 90 minutes

SYNOPSIS

In the rapidly changing urban landscape of Phnom Penh, 20-year-old Samnang (Piseth Chhun, winner of the best actor prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival) spends his days with friends riding scooters and dreaming of reality TV stardom. When the government announces a plan to demolish the landmark housing block where they reside, Sam’s carefree days come to an abrupt end. He watches helplessly as his father attempts to convince his divided neighbors to remain in their apartments; at the same time, he’s reeling from his closest pal’s decision to start a new life in Europe. Rooted in filmmaker Neang’s own experiences—he lived in the White Building from childhood to its demolition in 2017—this impressive naturalistic drama juxtaposes the painful price of progress with the difficult realities of growing up.

LANGUAGE

Khmer 

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This screening is sponsored by Xfinity.

Film still, THE WHITE BUILDING. Image courtesy of the Chicago International Film Festival.