Phuttiphong AROONPHENG (1976, Thailand) 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 both at international film festivals and art exhibitions. Ferris Wheel (2015) screened at over 20 festivals and received 10 awards. He participated in the 2009 Asian Film Academy at Busan. Manta Ray (2018) is his feature debut.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng at IFFR
A Voyage of Foreteller
Basically a preliminary study for a dream to film. A very white man withdraws into a jungle hut by a river. A boy once saw his future in him.
My Image Observes Your Image if it Is Possible to Observe it
A Thai film maker in Ireland. He can't take his eyes off it. Like a cloud, he floats past the buildings. A cloud passes literally. An observation cloud.
A Tale of Heaven
Delicate Thai Super-8 film in which a spirit comes back to visit the family. Something accepted as normal in Thailand.
Last day of official mourning for a child. Mother receives her final visitors: the guilty parties. Masterfully captured in a single shot.
There used to be an army of God in Thailand/Burma led by 12-year old twins. The rest of this mysterious film consists of lots of real imagination.
Malaria and Mosquitoes
A Thai river along the border with Myanmar. A man was killed in his boat two years ago. Two women keep the boat as proof. But for how much longer?
A serious film about serious, complex issues (including a dramatic car crash), presented in a light, playful way. The film follows two very different men, each of whom changes his life in his own way. This doesn’t seem to be a direct result of the choices they make. Change can be like that.
The Island Funeral
A couple of young people drive out of town for a long journey. It could well be a Thai Jules and Jim. On the way, it however becomes clear that the world outside the car is not so light-hearted, that one Thai is after another Thai’s blood. A late second film by a now-wiser filmmaker.
In mysterious coastal woodlands where the souls of deceased refugees wander like will-o'-the-wisps, a Thai fisherman cares for a wounded man.