Diamond Island

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    Diamond Island

    Directed by

    Cambodia, France, Germany, Thailand, Qatar

    2016

    101 min

    • Khmer

    Drama

    Bora, an 18-year-old, leaves his village to work on the construction sites of Diamond Island, a project for an ultra-modern paradise for the rich and a symbol of tomorrow’s Cambodia. He befriends his fellow workers and finds his elder brother, the charismatic Solei, who went missing five years earlier. Solei introduces him into an exciting world, that of an urban and wealthy youth, its girls, nights and illusions.

    Awards

    • SACD Award - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Grand Prize (Feature-Length Competition) - Cabourg FF
    • Golden Gateway Award (International Competition) - Mumbai IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Sobon Nuon
    Cheanick Nov
    Madeza Chhem
    Mean Korn
    Samnang Nut
    Sophyna Meng
    Jany Min
    Samnang Khim
    Batham Oun
    Screenplay
    Davy Chou
    Claire Maugendre
    Cinematography
    Thomas Favel
    Editing
    Laurent Leveneur
    Music
    Jérémie Arcache
    Christophe Musset
    Sales
    LES FILMS DU LOSANGE
    Production
    AURORA FILMS

    Press

    A visually memorable calling card for Chou’s burgeoning directorial skills.

    Catherine Bray, Variety

    Davy Chou

    Davy Chou

    France

    I wanted to make a film that would explore and understand the relationship between the youth and the myth of Cambodia's modernity.

    Davy Chou is a French-Cambodian filmmaker born in 1983. His documentary GOLDEN SLUMBERS (2011) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival – Forum in 2012 and the Busan International Film Festival, as well as more than 40 other international festivals. His short film CAMBODIA 2099 (2014), which takes place entirely on Diamond Island, in Phnom Penh, has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. In 2016, he returned to Cannes, where his feature DIAMOND ISLAND was selected for the Semaine de la Critique.

    Selected Filmography