MoMA Presents: Davy Chou’s Diamond Island

Oct 12–18, 2017

MoMA

Diamond Island. 2016. Cambodia/France/Germany/Qatar/Thailand. Directed by Davy Chou. Courtesy of Les Films du Losange

In this stylish coming-of-age story, an 18-year-old from the Cambodian provinces arrives at Diamond Island luxury housing development outside Phnom Penh to work a construction job transporting scrap between building sites. He makes friends and courts a local girl, but things grow ever more complicated when his long-estranged brother resurfaces. Making his feature-length fiction debut, Davy Chou (whose documentary Golden Slumbers explored the vanished past of Cambodian cinema) creates an intoxicating blend of naturalism and dreamy stylization, rendering the ecstasies and agonies of late youth with remarkable attention to detail.

Organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

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