Diamond Island


New Directors Competition | 2016 | 101 minutes

Stranger Says:

A rural teenager lands a construction gig on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. By day, Bora (played beautifully by amateur actor Sobon Nuan) does his part building a high-rise hotel for tourists and wealthy Cambodians. By night, he hangs out with the other workers, drinking beer, talking to girls, and dreaming of upward mobility. One evening, Bora’s brother, Solei (Cheanick Nov), rides into town on a motorcycle after taking off for five years. Solei has money through an American “sponsor” who “loves Cambodia,” and he signals a way out. What follows is a quiet study of Cambodia’s rapid development, as experienced by brothers living on two sides of a class divide. French Cambodian director Davy Chou’s feature film debut, which makes up for in color what it lacks in plot, landed the SACD Prize at Cannes this year, and for good reason. (STEVEN HSIEH)


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Film Credits
Davy Chou
Sobon Noun, Cheanik Nov, Madeza Chhem, Mean Korn, Samnang Nut, Mean Korn, Sophyna Meng, Jany Min, Samnang Khim, Batham Oun, Sreyleap Hang, Sreyroth Dom
SIFF 2017