A Thai fisherman cares for a wounded man he finds in a coastal woodland where secretive things occur. Many bodies have been hastily buried there. At night, lights akin to the souls of the dead roam around. The fisherman calls this man 'Thongchai'. Although the latter is mute and probably deaf, a great friendship slowly blossoms. This leads the fisherman to make a decision with far-reaching consequences. After he goes out fishing and doesn’t come back, Thongchai gradually takes over his saviour’s life, including the latter’s wife who has returned.

The realism of this initially simple story melds with magical elements into a complex whole leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Aroonpheng dedicated his first feature film to the Rohingya, as the dead could be deceased refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. This poetic homage has won several awards, including Best Film in the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival.

Screenings

  • Fri 25 Jan Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    English subtitles
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  • Sat 26 Jan KINO 1
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 1
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Wed 30 Jan Pathé 1
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  • Fri 1 Feb Pathé 6
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Original title
Kraben rāhu
Filmmaker
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Country
Thailand, France, China
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
110’
Language
Thai
Producer
Mai Meksawan
Production Company
Mit Out Sound Films
Sales
Jour2Fête
Writer
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Cinematography
Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit
Editor
Harin Paesongthai, Lee Chatametikool
Music
Snowdrops
Cast
Wanlop Rungkumjad, Aphisit Hama, Rasmee Wayrana, Sanit Pasingchop, Kamjorn Sankwan, Tawan Hirunyapong