Special event opening film

Karmalink

Directed by Jake Wachtel
Cambodia, USA 2021
Runtime 101'

In near-future Phnom Penh, a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighborhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.

Directed by
Jake Wachtel

Screenplay
Jake Wachtel, Christopher Seán Larsen

Cinematography
Robert Leitzell

Editing
Harrison Atkins, Stephanie Kaznocha

Music
Ariel Marx

Sound
Vincent Villa

Art Direction
Olga Miasnikova

Costume
Olga Miasnikova, Evren Catlin

Visual Effects Supervisor
Blaise & Kyle Hossain

Cast
Srey Leak Chhith, Leng Heng Prak, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Rous Mony, Sveng Socheata

Production
Valerie Steinberg (Valerie Steinberg Productions)

Co-Production
Sok Visal (802 Films), Christopher Rompré (LittleBIG Films)

North America Sales
XYZ Films

World Sales 
LevelK

Valerie Steinberg Productions
Valerie Steinberg
valerie.steinberg@gmail.com

Press Office
Matthew Sanders
matthew@matthewsanders.org.uk

Wednesday 01.09
9.00am Hall Perla
Press, Industry

Thursday 02.09
2.00pm Hall Perla
All accreditations

Friday 03.09
7.30pm Hall Astra 1
Public, All accreditations
7.45pm Hall Astra 2
Public, All accreditations

36SIC Jake Wachtel

Jake Wachtel (1987) grew up in Palo Alto, California but now considers himself a dedicated peripatetic, having spent much of the past decade wandering the globe. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Psychology and Film Studies, he began a career making short documentaries for nonprofits and social impact ventures working in the global south – his work has been featured on NYTimes.com, Wired, NPR, and MSNBC. In 2015, hungering to get to know a single community more in-depth, he moved to Cambodia to teach a year-long class in filmmaking to children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. His Phnom Penh-set short film The Foreigner Here premiered at the Cambodian International Film Festival alongside the works of a new wave of young Cambodian directors. Phnom Penh became his home base for several years as he developed Karmalink – Cambodia’s first sci-fi movie – set in the community where he taught, starring his former students. He is an avid meditator and eclectic musician, playing over 100 instruments from around the world. He also moonlights as an aspiring Cambodian pop star.