Manta Ray

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 105 Minutes
  • Thailand, France, China
  • Language: Thai

At the foot of the French alps, students at the renowned Lesdiguières Hotel School are on track to become chefs, headwaiters and housekeepers for the world’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants.

Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Screenwriter: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Production Company: Youku Pictures, Diversion, Les Films de L'Etranger, Mit Out Sound Films

Premier Status: Regional premiere

Film Critic

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Manouchehr Dinparast

Manouchehr Dinparast

Manta Ray is a richly layered humanist tale of friendship that brings your attention to the plight of the most persecuted minority on earth. 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. 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. The film endeavors to relate the desperate conditions of Muslims’ massacres in Rohingya but to reduce the violence and aggression, it inevitably leans on a story to recount.



2018: Zagreb Film Festival, Special Mention, Feature Film, Winner, Croatia

2018: Venice Film Festival, Venice Horizons Award, Best Film, Winner, Italy

2018: Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Director, Winner, Greece

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

DOP / Camera: Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit

Editor: Lee Chatametikool, Harin Paesongthai

Music: Christine Ott, Mathieu Gabry

Sound: Chalermrat Kaweewattana

Production Designer: Sarawut Karwnamyen

Producer: Mai Meksawan, Philippe Avril

Cast: Wanlop Rungkumjad, Aphisit Hama, Rasmee Wayrana


Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng was born in Thailand in 1976. He 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 Ferris Wheel (2015). Manta Ray is his feature directorial debut.

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