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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RITHY PANH

THE MISSING PICTURE

PRIZE UN CERTAIN REGARD 2013 CANNES FILM FESTIVALUnlike his earlier, immensely moving documentary S21, THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE, Rithy Panh’s new film is not so much about those who were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge (in power from 1975 –79), but about those who, like he, were children when Pol Pot’s communist regime seized the Cambodian capital and turned that nation into a nightmare of hunger, brutality and fear. There is little photographic evidence from this period, a problem Panh solves by visualizing his childhood with lovingly crafted clay figurines. Bringing to life these artisanal dioramas of camp life is the eloquent, impassioned voice-over of a man who manages to recall the unimaginable and transcend his grief through artistry. Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

CAMBODIA / FRANCE • 2013 • 92 MINS. • IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • STRAND RELEASING

THE MISSING PICTURE

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“CRITICS’ PICK! A brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia’s killing fields… Narrated with restrained musicality… What is startling is the depth of emotion that Mr. Panh solicits from you as he fills in the missing picture of this lost world.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Meticulous direction. Panh honors the Khmer Rouge’s victims while staging the agony and responsibility of memory itself.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Disarmingly subtle. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen, a strange and beautiful work that comes off as both haunted and charmed. THE MISSING PICTURE is so immediate, so vital, it practically breathes. This is a story that had to be told. Even in its stillness, it moves.”
– Stephanie Zacharek,Village Voice

*****! [5 stars]
 Critics’ Pick!

– Time Out New York

“Essential…this haunting, at times shocking movie – part memoir, part indictment – fills the void suggested by its title: it creates an image of madness, specifically the Khmer Rouge’s rule over Cambodia in the 1970s. When he was a boy, Mr. Panh and his family were forced from their home in 1975, the year the Khmer Rouge seized control. Only he survived. With extraordinary grace, he tells his story and that of his ravaged country, using archival visual material, a heartbreakingly intimate narration and small clay figures that, as they are whittled away, become stand-ins for the men, women and children subjected to incomprehensible horror.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Personal and unexpected, a documentary that mixes media in an unusual way to very potent effect.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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