Magazine article Screen International

Vanishing Point' Team Reuinte on 'Departure Day'

Magazine article Screen International

Vanishing Point' Team Reuinte on 'Departure Day'

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The team behind last year's Rotterdam winner Vanishing Point is reuniting for Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's Departure Day, which starts shooting later this year.

Phuttiphong, the DoP on Vanishing Point, is making his feature directing debut on the film. Thailand's Diversion and Mit Out Sound Films are co-producing with China's Heyi Pictures, marking the first Thai-China co-production for independent films.

Heyi, the film arm of Chinese streaming giant Youku Tudou, boarded the project on the strength of Phuttiphong's short film, Ferris Wheel, which he directed as part of the Colour Of Asia omnibus, backed by Heyi and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Departure Day continues the themes that Phuttiphong explored in Ferris Wheel, through the story of a Thai fisherman on the Thailand-Myanmar border who helps save a member of the persecuted Rohingya people when he washes up on the shore. …

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