Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

Manta Ray 2018

Kraben rahu

Directed by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Fresh

Winner of the Horizons Prize at the Venice Film Festival, this dreamlike Thai film centres on the friendship that blossoms between a fisherman and the refugee he rescues from the swamp.

China / France / Thailand In Thai with English subtitles
105 minutes DCP



Mai Meksawan
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Chatchai Chaiyon
Philippe Avril


Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit


Lee Chatametikool
Harin Paesongthai

Production designer

Sarawut Karwnamyen


Christine Ott
Mathieu Gabry (Snowdrops)


Wanlop Rungkumjad
Aphisit Hama
Rasmee Wayrana


San Sebastián
Busan 2018
New Directors/New Films 2019


Horizons Award (Best Film)
Venice Film Festival 2018


Veteran Thai cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng makes an enchanting feature debut with this intoxicating and mysterious film about a fisherman who rescues a mute refugee from a mangrove swamp somewhere near the Thai-Myanmar border. The fisherman calls the refugee Thongchai and a strong kinship blossoms between the pair. Then one day the fisherman doesn’t return from the sea and Thongchai is thrust into a new role by the sudden arrival of the fisherman’s ex-wife.

“Aroonpheng’s great achievement is to convey a sense of humanist outrage while telling an involving, sometimes headily perplexing story in a magical realist register… With a rich sound design and a haunting score… Aroonpheng and DoP Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit create an impressionistic atmosphere that plays on contrasts of thick darkness and artificial, vibrant colour… The editing creates an unsettling fragmentation that thickens the existential mystery Aroonpheng, it should be noted, is an admirer of compatriot Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, but claims he’s more influenced by David Lynch; enthralled viewers will certainly pick up intriguing undertones of both.” — Jonathan Romney, Screendaily