A 12 year old Vietnamese girl witnesses her family beheaded by Khmer Rouge. She flees to Paris, and is discovered by Karl Lagerfeld. In her private life, she is a renowned courtesan, entangled in espionage. CIA & KGB are assigned to take Chiem out, before she takes down the President of the United States. "The Killing Fields" meets "The Devil Wears Prada".
“Chiem” 1975-2010. Cambodia - Vietnam - Paris - Milan - Florence - New York.
“Chiem” is an original and true story of a 12 year old Vietnamese girl who comes from one of the wealthiest families in Cambodia, tigers roam their vast estate. Dignitaries from around the world, including the US President and Senators, as well as Royalty, come for photo shoots or to hunt. Chiem, visiting her Auntie, witness the entire family; Auntie, Uncle and five cosines, beheaded by the Khmer Rouge, as she hides in a large rice box. Chiem manages to flee the house, unnoticed, runs for several miles to her family’s compound. In a few days Chiem’s father arranges to have Chiem and her brother flee Cambodia, assisted by Prince Sihanouk, a friend of the fathers. First to Paris, where Chiem dresses up, and goes to The Ritz - Plaza Hotel and is discovered by Karl Lagerfeld who is impressed by Chiem’s high cheekbones, her penetrating eyes and a height of 6’4. At 16 Chiem becomes a world class Haute Couture model. Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton began to engage her. While in New York evenings are spent at the Plaza Hotel, the Cafe Carlyle, Bobby Short or Upstairs at the Downstairs, Mabel Mercer.
In Chiem’s deeply private life, she is well on her way of becoming one of the most renowned Courtesans in the world... With a high class clientele, including some of the same dignitaries that visited her family’s estate to hunt tigers; awareness of Chiem’s clients would threaten to topple Governments including the President of the United States. What follow is an exciting, dangerous, and deadly story of Chiem’s effort to survive in a world of espionage and intrigue, hunted by the most powerful secret service agencies in the world, the CIA and the KGB, who are assigned to take Chiem out, before she takes down the President of the United States. The CIA agent and his counterpart, the young beautiful female agent with the KGB, make Mr. and Mrs. Smith look like pussy cats.
Potential Crew & Cast
- Ang Lee (first choice, script requested)
- Tao Okamoto
- playing himself