The Cambodian Room
Nicola Tescari, Christopher Tsoupas
Viviana Queirolo, Olga Prud'homme Farges
Downtown Pictures, Company Kolam Productions, supported by CNC
HD/Digi Beta Pal - colour
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.