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White Building

Spring Grants 2020 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: POST-PRODUCTION

Kavich Neang / Feature Narrative / Cambodia, France, China, Qatar / 2021 / 90 min / Original Language: Khmer / Interests: Drama, Politics, Social Issues, Youth, Based on a True Story


20-year-old Samnang and two of his friends live in the White Building, a landmark tenement in Phnom Penh. In this fast-changing city, the three boys practice their dance routine dreaming of television talent contests while their parents lead a traditional lifestyle, all of them living in harmony. But the White Building is to be demolished. Samnang sees his father unsuccessfully attempting to bring together his divided neighbours on the government’s compensation offers for residents to move out, and has to face his best friend’s departure from Cambodia. Samnang understands that the stable environment he has always called home is now on shaky ground…


Kavich Neang
Kavich Neang, Daniel Mattes
Davy Chou, Marine Arrighi de Casanova

About the Director

Kavich Neang was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1987. He has directed five short films since 2011. He first studied under Rithy Panh, and in 2013, he joined Busan's Asian Film Academy. In 2014, he co-founded Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. He joined Cannes Cinéfondation's Residency in 2017-18. His 2019 documentary 'Last Night I Saw You Smiling' won the NETPAC Award at IFFR, the Special Jury Prize at Jeonju, Best Image at Janela de Cinema and two awards at Tokyo FilmEx. 'White Building' is his first narrative feature.

Production Company Profile

Anti-Archive is a Cambodian film production company created in 2014 by filmmakers Davy Chou, Steve Chen, and Kavich Neang, with Park Sungho and Daniel Mattes joining in 2016 and 2019. Anti-Archive produces and co-produces fiction and documentary films by the emerging, new generation of Cambodian filmmakers, as well as films by international, independent directors shooting in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. The films produced under Anti-Archive have subsequently premiered around the world, including Cannes, Locarno, Busan, Torino, and IFFR.

Apsara Films, a French company created in 2013 by Marine Arrighi de Casanova alongside Isabelle Tillou and Lucie Borleteau, is co-producing ‘White Building’. Apsara Films has already produced three feature films: ‘Fidelio, Alice’s Journey’ (2014), which was selected in competition at Locarno Film Festival in 2015 and won Special Jury Mention at the Palm Springs Film Festival before being released in French theatres; ‘Whatever Happened to My Revolution’ (2019) and ‘Into the World’, which have been released in 2020.


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    Davy Chou


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