Saturday, 05.10., 11.00 am, kommkino
Monday, 07.10., 7.15 pm, kommkino, Q&A with Aphisit Hama (actor)
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…
Because I’m a DoP by training, I’m not confident when I have to tell a story through words, dialogue or other devices apart from the cinematography. MANTA RAY is driven by visual and sound; it works almost like an abstract piece, or an instrumental music. And because most of the films I’ve shot in my career are low-budget films, I was trained to improvise and to adapt to the situation. I didn’t have the luxury of being able to design everything in advance and hoping it would turn out as I had envisioned; instead we would go to a location and see what we can do about it. So most the films I shot tend to have this look of a documentary, something slightly spontaneous, and it’s the same in MANTA RAY.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng was born Thailand in 1976, graduated in Fine Arts from Silpakorn University and then studied at the Digital Film Academy of New York. Phuttiphong’s short films have been shown at both international film festivals and art exhibitions. Ferris Wheel (2015) screened at over 20 festivals and received ten awards. In 2009, Aroonpheng participated in the Asian Film Academy at Busan. Manta Ray is his feature debut.