27° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

THE CAMBODIAN ROOM - SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D'AGATA

THE CAMBODIAN ROOM - SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D'AGATA
by Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento, Giuseppe Schillaci
Country: Italy, France
Year: 2009
Duration: 55'


THE CAMBODIAN ROOM - SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D’AGATA
Antoine D’Agata, a photographer for the Magnum Agency, spend
a few weeks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he lives with Lee,
a prostitute who deals ice, a South-East Asian drug similar to crack.
D’Agata has an extreme and self-destructive love story with Lee.
He smokes ice in an attempt to photograph his intimate relationship
with the woman while a journalist interviews the photographer, trying
to understand his artistic trajectory.

“What struck us most about Antoine D’Agata’s work was the way his
photographs are an archive of his own experiences of living on the edge,
as though he were trying to find a haven from the unstoppable flow
of time. This attempt, which characterizes all of photography as an
expressive means, is a struggle against death. But with him, the
awareness of the end feeds the expressive power of his photographs
in an exaggerated way. Antoine D’Agata’s images are an intimate
and fragmentary diary of the relationship between the photographer
and his subjects, the prostitutes and pushers he met during his
nocturnal wanderings on the edge of society.”

Biography

film director

Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento

Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento(Milan, Italy, 1977), after attending the Saint Lucas Film School in Brussels, moved to Berlin, where he prepared his graduating thesis
for the Accademia di Brera and directed his first shorts. In 2003, he moved to Rome, where he worked as assistant cameraman on sets for films such as Quiet Chaos by Antonello Grimaldi and The Return of Cagliostro di Ciprì and Maresco.

FILMOGRAFIA

filmografia essenziale/
essential filmography

Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento:
Rotondo (cm, 2001), Caos Communication (cm, 2001), Il libro ubriaco (cm, 2001), Yol (cm, 2002), Momò (cm, doc., 2003).

Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento, Giuseppe Schillaci:
The Cambodian Room - Situations with Antoine D’Agata (mm, doc., 2009).

Giuseppe Schillaci

Giuseppe Schillaci (Palermo, Italy, 1978) was the head of development for the production companies Cinemare and Eurofilm. He also worked on sets for films such as Palermo Shooting by Wenders and Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy by John Turturro. In 2008 he was executive producer of the documentary L’isola in me: in viaggio con Vincenzo Consolo and is working on the documentary Cosmic Energy Inc., which he wrote and directed.

FILMOGRAFIA

filmografia essenziale/
essential filmography
Tommaso Lusena, Giuseppe Schillaci:
The Cambodian Room - Situations with Antoine D’Agata (mm, doc., 2009).

Cast

& Credits

regia, soggetto,
montaggio/
directors, story,
film editing
Tommaso Lusena,
Giuseppe Schillaci
fotografia/
cinematography
Tommaso Lusena
musica/music
Nicola Fescari
suono/sound
Sear Vissal
interpreti/cast
Antoine D’Agata,
Lee, Philippe Azoury
produzione/production
Downtown Pictures,
Kolam Productions
produttori/producers
Viviana Queirolo Bertoglio,
Olga Prud’Homme Farges

TFF

prizes

ITALIANA.DOC 2009

Jury Special Prize ex aequo

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