Compétition internationale
43rd edition
19>28 november 2021, Nantes

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Manta Ray
(Kraben Rahu)

by Phuttiphong AROONPHENG


In 2015, on a hill near Padang Besar, a border town in southern Thailand some 300 metres from the Perlis tunnel leading into Malaysia, came the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of Rohingya refugees. This dreadful and still unsolved mystery is obliquely referred to in the two-step story of Manta Ray, where a wounded man left for dead is found in a mangrove swamp by a young Thai fisherman. The young man rescues him, takes him home, nurses him and names him Thongchai. Their relationship grows (though the stranger cannot speak his language) until one day the fisherman vanishes. This is the first feature that the experienced cinematographer, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, has directed. His gaze transcends the topicality of his subject by developing it in a poetic and unexpected way. What importance is given to the word welcome when someone decides to give it a place in their life ? AR

  • Titre français
    Manta Ray
  • Original title
    Kraben Rahu
  • Titre international
    Manta Ray
  • Scénario
    Phuttiphong AROONPHENG
  • Montage
  • Musique
    Ott Christine
  • Production
    Diversion, les Films de l'Etranger, Youku Pictures
  • Casting
    Hama Aphi sit, Wayrana Rasmee, RungkUmjad Wanlop
  • Distribution
    Jour2Fete :
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage
  • Ratio

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