Manta Ray. 2018. Thailand/France/China. Directed by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng. Thai with English subtitles. 105 min.
An impressive feature directorial debut by veteran cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, this mysterious, intoxicating work centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp. After the fisherman disappears at sea, the refugee’s mourning is interrupted by the return of the fisherman’s ex-wife, and sure enough, the past bleeds inexorably into the present. A visionary take on the refugee parable, in which mystical elements disrupt the drudgery of everyday life, Manta Ray won the Orizzonti Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. U.S. Premiere
Saturday, March 30,3:15 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
Friday, March 29,9:00 p.m.Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater