Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Coalesce (UK Premiere)
Multiple origins, 2020

Feature, Q&A, UK Premiere,
Directed by
Jessé Miceli
Running time
82 min mins
In contemporary Phnom Penh, thousands of young people are chasing the dream of a better life, and struggling to make ends meet, are swept up in the ferocious pace of the constantly-evolving city. Coalesce is Jessé Miceli’s debut feature, in which the lives of three young men intersect: Songsa, an introverted teenager, is sent to the capital by his family to sell clothes; Phearum drives a taxi that he is desperately trying to pay off; Thy dreams of owning a motorbike and makes money by working as a host and dancer in a gay bar. What does fate have in store for these three men as they become embroiled in an aggressive race for money and survival? A compelling portrait of Cambodian youth, this bold debut explores interwoven destinies in a fast-changing world.
This screening is followed by an in-person Q&A with the director Jessé Miceli.

Director Bio

After graduating from the Cinema department at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, Jessé Miceli worked for film production companies and in film distribution. In the early 2010s, he visited Cambodia and became passionate about the country, producing a film in Khmer, with Cambodian actors and a local team.

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