The 2nd Luang Prabang Film Festival
3-7 December 2011
Outdoor Night Venue
Indoor Day Venue
Our outdoor screening space, the Handicraft Market, was renovated by UNESCO in 2003. At the main intersection in town, this venue is ideal for cultural and public events, and can accommodate over 1,500 people.
Amantaka, a 5-star resort housed in stately French colonial buildings, served as our screening venue during the day in 2011. We showed three films each day in their Exhibition Room in the main building, which can accommodate around 40 people.
Short Film Programs
SHORTS BY FILMMAKERS IN LAOS
Curated by Vientiane-based filmmaker Thi-Von Muong-Hone, this selection of short films are all made by residents of Laos, and reflect the bulk of the current filmmaking industry in the country.
The collection is introduced by the three short films made by the following students of our Filmmaking for Young Professionals workshop: Sansany Keosavanh, Nou Moua, Yaxeng Ly, Kongsy Vilaiphone, Houmphane Phahongchanh, Khammany Laosaida, Southat Keoboulaphet, Ka Xiong, Phettakoun Vannathy, and Namthipkesone Bouttasing.
Calendar // Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo // 2011
A young man goes back into his memories, thanks to a strange calendar. If only he could change the past.
Pierre-Pierrot // Nith Lacroix // 2006
Twins from Savannakhet, separated since the Revolution in 1975, have each followed a path of their own, one in Laos, the other one in France.
The Small Dog Life // Mixay Danavong // 2011
The daily life of a creative dog.
Versus // Guna Subramaniam and Thi-Von Muong-Hane // 2011
A video performance where two worlds meet in the harmony of dance and the sound of music.
The Risk // Vannaphone Sitthirath and Douangkae Boungnavong // 2006
After several years in Thailand working illegally, a Lao man shares his story, which is not quite as successful as he had expected it to be.
So Long Island // Chongkham Phonekeo, Vilakone Phanchathavong, and Thi-Von Muong-Home // 2011
Tuvalu is a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Everyone is bound to leave – everyone but the one man who is watching the inexorable climate change.
Time Never Comes Back // Souliya Phoumlvong // 2011
A young man walks along the Mekong river banks, thinking about the flow of time. Even though things may go in the wrong direction, he must keep on living.
Morning Songs // Chongkham Phonekeo, Vilakone Phanchathatvong, and Thi-Vong Muong-Home // 2009
A morning like any other in Vientiane… It’s time we knew the words of the morning songs.
Think Before You Act // Ka Xiong & Students of @ My Library // 2011
Kham, a poor, young Lao, envisions the next winning lottery number, but will it really win and turn his fortune around?
Here and There // Nico Hertweck // 2011
The only female tuk-tuk driver in Vientiane shares her daily life.
FILMS FROM THE LAO NATIONAL ARCHIVE
Selected by Bounchao Phichit, the General Director of the Department of Cinema, these five films represent the historical documentaries produced by the government and belonging to the National Archive.
Land of Freedom // 1970 // 60′
This film shows the living conditions and the struggles of the Lao people in the liberated zone as the Revolutionary Army fought against the bombardment and destruction from aircrafts during wartime.
Dry Season Victory // 1970 // 32′
The subject of this film surrounds the victories of the Lao Revolutionary Army in various battlefields, namely Phou Pha Thi in Houapanh Province, Muang Sui in Xieng Khuang Province, and Tha Taeng in Salavan Province.
The Nation Calls // 1972 // 60′
This documentary film recalls the bravery and struggle of the Lao People’s Army in the Ku Kiad battlefield in Xieng Khuang Province and in the Lam Son 719 Battlefield in Savannakhet Province.
President Kayson Phomvihane, the Beloved Son of the People // 1995 // 59′
This documentary film explores the life of President Kaysone Phomvihan, his leadership of the National Liberation, and his aid in the construction of the Lao PDR.
President Souphanaouvong Directs the Struggle Path for National Independence // 2009 // 56′
The life of Prince Souphanouvong, the first president of the Lao PDR, is chronicled from 1945 until the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975.
Films Around Town
DAMIS FILMS (SCREENINGS AT COCONUT GARDEN)
Discovering Laos & Luang Prabang
Director: Francis Marcellet
Pao Kassak Festival
Director: Houmphanh Phahongchanh
U.S. AMBASSADOR FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT
U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
Director: Dr. Martin Perschler
TRADITIONAL ARTS & ETHNOLOGY CENTRE
Tai Dam Courtship Games
Director: Peter Livermore
A Lao Wedding in Luang Prabang
Director: Peter Livermore
PENCILS OF PROMISE
In the Field
Directors: Philip Busier, Adam Braun, Brad Haugen, and Michelle Keith
WORKS OF ADRI BERGER
Voices from Laos
Director: Adri Berger
The Clay School
Director: Adri Berger
THE LAO-FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER
During the week of the festival, the Center will showcase a French perspective of Southeast Asia.