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Cambodian Room, The - Situations with Antoine d'Agata

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Cambodian Room, The - 
Situations with Antoine d'Agata

Cambodian Room, The - 
Situations with Antoine d'Agata

original title:

CAMBODIAN ROOM, THE - SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D'AGATA

cinematography:

Tommaso Lusena, Giuseppe Schillaci

editing:

Tommaso Lusena, Giuseppe Schillaci

music:

Nicola Tescari, Christopher Tsoupas

producer:

Viviana Queirolo, Olga Prud'homme Farges

production:

Downtown Pictures, Company Kolam Productions (Paris), supported by: Centre National de la Cinématographie PROCIREP - ANGOA

country:

Italy/France

year:

2009

film run:

72

format:

HD/Digi Beta Pal - colour

aspect ratio:

16/9

sound:

Stereo

status:

Ready (18/08/2009)

festival & awards:

Antoine D’Agata, a photographer from Magnum Agency, is in Phom Penh (Cambodia). Drugs, sex and errance are his autobiographical subjects, but in Cambodia his artistic trail seems to reach an utmost point. After devoting his art to picture desolated landscapes and borderline realities all around the world, Antoine D’Agata focuses his art on body and flesh, in a narrow room. In Cambodia he spends many weeks locked in Lee’s room, a prostitute and pusher of Ice, a South East Asia drug similar to Crack. Antoine lives a kind of desperate and paradoxal « love story » with Lee, smoking dope and trying to take pictures of his intimate relationship with her. This film catches the hidden part of his art-life; his choice of living sex and drugs as both cure and conviction. An apocalyptic and sublime course, similar to the ones of other heretic artists of contemporary culture, from Kerouac to Artaud, from Bacon to Pasolini.