TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT, the debut feature film from Korean-American director Douglas SEOK produced by Anti-Archive and shot entirely in Cambodia, has been selected for the Official Competition at the prestigious Torino International Film Festival in Torino (Turin), Italy, held this year from 18 to 26 November.
TORINO, ITALY—Cambodian film production company Anti-Archive is honored to announce that TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT, the debut feature film from Korean-American director Douglas SEOK, was selected for official competition at the Torino International Film Festival (TFF). Douglas SEOK, of Sea Oak Studios, wrote, directed, edited, and produced the film, which was shot in 2014 and 2015 on location in Cambodia. Steve CHEN led Anti-Archive’s part in the production with additional support from associate producers Davy CHOU, Kavich NEANG, and PARK Sungho.
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT is Douglas SEOK’s first feature film following many years of work as a director of photography, including on Anti-Archive’s DREAM LAND (feature, directed by Steve CHEN) and THREE WHEELS (short, directed by Kavich NEANG). The film tells the story of Kanitha, a young, free-spirited Cambodian woman in her 20s, who lives in modern-day Phnom Penh, working multiple jobs and choosing to live how she pleases. The TFF’s program notes describe TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT as follows: “A Cambodian ‘concept album’ subdivided into twelve chapter-tracks meditates on History and Memory through the personal affairs of an absent-minded girl who is losing her job as well as her dying father. With an open, musical style that is both pop and intimate, this heartwarming film is as unexpected as an UFO, zeroing in on mankind at the threshold between past and future. The best film that Apichatpong Weerasethakul never made.”
More information can be found at http://www.torinofilmfest.org/film/27218/turn-left-turn-right.html and the trailer can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F413rSuqY8.
It is an honor to present this film in the official selection of Torino Film Festival. Director and producer Douglas SEOK, producer Steve CHEN, associate producer and festival agent PARK Sungho, and lead actress Kanitha TITH will attend the festival later this month, from 22 to 26 November 2016. Director Douglas SEOK said: “It’s an incredible honor to have the world premiere at Torino Film Festival. Their programming has always been outstanding and it is a privilege to be able to screen the film to a jury that is chaired by Ed Lachman. We are so excited to have the team at Anti-Archive bring Cambodian cinema to a worldwide audience.”
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT is ANTI-ARCHIVE’s third feature film and the third to premiere at a major international film festival, following DREAM LAND (Steve CHEN, 2015) at Locarno International Film Festival and DIAMOND ISLAND (Davy CHOU, 2016) at Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week.