Director – Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
2018/A Thai, French and Chinese co-production/Thai with English Subtitles
HIFF Classification – 15
Off the coast of Thailand, a site of great misfortune and cruelty for the Rohingya, a local fisherman finds an injured man. Over time, he nurses the man back to health, but the stranger does not speak. The fisherman names him Thongchai, and incorporates him into every aspect of his life. A striking meditation on identity, Manta Ray is a film of exquisite beauty that finds moments of transcendence in the context of immense brutality.
Supporting Short: One Breath: A Life Without Gravity
Director – Sebastian Solberg
HIFF Classification – U
Meet champion free-diving husband and wife Eusebio, from Spain, and Christina, from Sydney. Self-taught photographers, they are based on the tropical island of Koh Tao in Thailand. They travel the world capturing the sensations of the ocean on one breath alone. An immersive insight into an incredible way of life.