Dream Land


Cambodia, US / 90 mins / World premiere – Locarno Film Festival 2015

Directed by Steve Chen / Chen Office, Anti-Archive


Cambodia. Lida, a single woman in the developing metropolis of Phnom Penh, sells modern and upscale real-estate developments to the growing middle and upper classes. Meanwhile, she suffers constant heartache over her deteriorating relationship with her photographer boyfriend, Sokun. Unable to escape her inner prison, she decides to travel to the quiet beach town of Kep with some close friends to find peace. There, Lida discovers that the ghosts of the past can also haunt you in beautiful ways.

Director’s Biography

Steve Chen

Steve Chen was born in 1981 in Chicago. He obtained his Master of Architecture at Princeton University and worked for a number of internationally recognized design offices. While teaching architecture, he developed his first feature film Dream Land (2015). He operates Chen Office, a boutique, cross-disciplinary design and production house whose work spans across design, art, and cinema. With filmmakers Davy Chou and Kavich Neang he also founded Anti-Archive, which produces films by the next generation of Cambodian filmmakers and supports independent directors shooting in Cambodia.