Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu)
Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Section: International Competition
Country: Thailand, France, China | Year: 2018
Language(s): Thai | Time: 105 mins
Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend’s life – his house, his job, and his ex-wife.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng is a Thai filmmaker who studied fine arts at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University and filmmaking at New York’s Digital Film Academy. He has directed several experimental shorts and mid-length films including We All Know Each Other (2007), Our Monument (2008), and Ferris Wheel.
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