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Phuttiphong Aroonpheng – Manta Ray #Venezia75

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Inspired by the nameless, voiceless bodies of refugees.

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7 min. and 48 sec.

PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, director of the film Manta Ray.

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Director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng premiered his film Manta Ray in the Orizzonti section of the 75th Venice Film Festival. In this interview, he answers with some questions traditional interview questions, as this is no traditional movie; this may be seen in the original way in which it tackles the theme of refugees, the presence of nature of his film, and the impulsive motivation for its title.

Manta Ray: 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…

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Manta Ray
  • Festival section
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