MANTA RAY (Kraben Rahu) 

by PHUTTIPHONG AROONPHENG | Feature film  | Thailand, France, China

Synopsis: At a seaside village, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, and names him Thongchai. The two men start to live together and develop and unspoken bond.
One day, the fisherman goes out on his night fishing boat and never returns, leaving Thongchai alone in his house. Gradually, Thongchai begins to take over his friend’s life – his house, his job, and his former wife.

Scriptwriter/DirectorPhuttiphong Aroonpheng

Director of photography: Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit
Editor: Lee Chatametikool

Cast: Wanlop Rungkumjad (the fisherman), Rasmee Wayrana (Saijai), Abhisit Hama (Thongchai)


Producers: Mai Meksawan, Chatchai Chaiyont, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Philippe Avril
Production:  Diversion (Thailand), Mit Out Sound Films (Thailand), Les Films de l'Étranger (France), Heyi Pictures (China)

Supports: Asian Cinema Fund (South Korea), Ministry of Culture (Thailand), Heyi Pictures (China), Eurométropole de Strasbourg, Aide aux cinémas du monde (CNC/Institut Français), Région Grand Est.

Project Markets: Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum, Produire au Sud, Nantes

World sales : Jour2Fête


Mostra de Venise 2018 - Orizzonti, Best film
Cairo International Film Festival 2018 - Silver Pyramid Best Director
Minsk International Film Festival 2018 - Special Jury Award
Mumbai Film Festival 2018 - Golden Gateway Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2018 - Bronze Alexander (Best Director) & Human Values Award
Zagreb Film Festival 2018 - Special Mention
Festival du Premier Film d'Annonay 2019 - Grand Prix du Jury

Festival du Film de Cabourg 2019 - Special Mention Youth Jury

Taipei Film Festival 2019 - Special Mention Award

Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2019 - Best ASEAN Film



Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018

San Sebastián 2018 (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera)
, Spain

Toronto 2018 (Discovery), Canada

Tokyo FILMeX 2018, Japan

IFFR, Rotterdam 2019 (Bright Future)

Asian Film Awards 2019
FICUNAM Int. Film Festival, Mexico

FIFDH Genève, Switzerland

FEST, Belgrade, Serbia
Stockholms filmfestival, Sweden
Helsinki Cine Asia, Finland

Hong Kong International Film Festival

New Directors/New Films, NY, USA

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