A mysterious toxic smog is infecting Bangkok’s migrant workers with a bizarre skin condition, as if they are burned by an invisible fire. An ethnic migrant worker escapes from the quarantine camp to return to his mountaintop village near the Myanmar border. On his way home to find his lost wife, he meets the Thai government official who burned down his village to make way for a new national park.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (born 1976) studied fine arts at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University. His short films have screened in festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Singapore. His 2015 short, FERRIS WHEEL, screened in over 20 festivals and received 10 awards. He participated in 2009 Asian Film Academy at
Busan and was also selected one of Asian Public Intellectuals fellows by the Nippon Foundation. He also works extensively as cinematographer, with credits including VANISHING POINT (dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong), THE ISLAND FUNERAL (dir. Pimpaka Towira) and DOLPHINS (dir. Waleed Al-Shehhi). His debut feature film as director MANTA RAY won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the 2018 Venice Film Festival as well as 11 other international awards. His second film, MORRISON, is recently completed.
Founder of Thai production company Diversion, with award winning titles including VANISHING POINT (Tiger Award at 2015 Rotterdam), MANTA RAY (Orizzonti Award for Best Film at 2018 Venice), COME HERE (2021) and ANATOMY OF TIME (2021).
Co-produced with Asian and European partners to raise financing for his projects. His films are sold worldwide by leading sales agents and licensed to Netflix and MUBI.
Diversion launched its sales arm in 2022 and handles world sales of Asian titles including MEMORYLAND (dir. Kim Quy Bui), A TALE OF FILIPINO VIOLENCE (dir. Lav Diaz) and OASIS OF NOW (dir. Chia Chee SUM).