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  • The Alliance Française de Chicago 54 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)

FUNAN | CHICAGO PREMIERE - co-presentation with the Alliance Française de Chicago a part of Festival de la Francophonie 2019.

Guest Speaker: Kai-Duc LUONG, Filmmaker / Video Producer. Born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years in 1975 and migrated to Paris, France in 1978. Currently working on his second feature film inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy with French actor Denis Lavant.

Written & Directed by: Denis Do.

Cambodian/French | 2018 | 84 Minutes | in French w/English subs | Genre: Animation

Synopsis: 1975, during the Khmer Rouge revolution. Fighting for her own survival, Chou, a young Cambodian mother, looks for her 4-year-old son who was taken away from her by the regime.

Denis Do is a director born in Paris in 1985. He has a passion for images and drawing, and graduated in 2009 from the Gobelins school of images. The Ribbon, the graduation film he co-directed that is about a love story during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, reinforced his desire for cinema. Funan, a family story set during the Khmer Rouge period, and inspired by his own mother’s journey, is his first feature film. His stories, set at a human scale, are inspired by his triple Franco-Sino-Cambodian culture and are intimate and strong. They anchor the small story in the big one through a sober and realistic staging.