Running Time: 1h 17min
Director Kavich Neang makes storytelling look easy; nothing is ever strained or laboured. This continues to be true as he moves into the full length category with Last Night I Saw You Smiling, where his childhood home and craft combine to allow us a little over an hour of intimacy with the ghost of one of Cambodia’s true national treasures. Designed and built in the 1960s by the famed Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann, the White Building saw rounds of evictions over its lifetime, most notably by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. In Neang’s film, we watch as the artistic community it sheltered for decades is forced out again, this time to make way for its demolition.