Golden Slumbers (Le Sommeil d’Or) (2011, France / Cambodia)

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Director: Davy Chou
Country: France/Cambodia
Year: 2011
Duration: 96 mins

Language: Khmer and French with English subtitles

Theatrical release: Cambodia, 19 Jan 2012


Discover the unknown history of the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema, from the first film ever made in 1960 to the arrival of the Khmer Rouges in 1975.

In 15 years, about 400 films were produced. Only 30 films remain today. Almost all the actors were killed during the Khmer Rouges regime and only a few of the directors were able to flee the country. Most of the old movie theaters of Phnom Penh have become restaurants, karaoke places or squats.

With a few of the survivors telling their stories, Golden Slumbers tries to bring back to life the myths and legends of this lost cinema.


Davy Chou is a Cambodian French filmmaker. He is the grandson of Van Chann, a famous film producer in the 60s and the 70s.

Script: Davy Chou. Photography: Thomas Favel. Editing: Laurent Leveneur. Music: Jerome Harre. Sound: Vincent Villa, Remi Sampic.

With: Sohong Stehlin, Ly Bun Yim, Dy Saveth, Yvon Hem, Ly You Sreang, Lim Vong Thavy, Ouk Silayouth


Produced by Jacky Goldberg

Produced by Vycky films, Bophana Production, Araucania Films

With participation of CINECINEMA
And the support of CNC, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia, Cambodia Film Commission, Procirep-Angoa, Cinaps TV, Région Rhône-Alpes, Scam-Brouillon d’un Rêve, laureate of Culturesfrance/Louis Lumière, AND Asian Network of Documentary, ANA Arts Network Asia.



Busan Film Festival (Wide Angle Competition, World Premiere) Oct 2011

CinemAsia Netherlands

Berlinale 2012 blog 

HK IFF March 2012 HKIFF page

Fribourg International Film Festival March 2012

San Francisco International Film Festival April 2012

Sydney Film Festival June 2012  SFF page


Official film website

English trailer 

Facebook group

Film presentation on

Reviews on Film Biz Asia, Variety


. “Golden Slumbers”- A Documentary by Filmmaker Davy Chou (16/08/2011)

. Cambodian classics re-emerge (7/03/2012)

. In Dreams: Golden Slumbers at the San Francisco International Film Festival (22/04/2011)

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