Touted as the future of Cambodia, Diamond Island is a housing estate that promises luxury and privilege, unlike the workers who are building it. For 18-year-old Bora and his adolescent friends, days are spent hard at work, while the night brings the spoils of youth, as they hang out at carnivals or flirt with the ladies. Bora is unexpectedly reunited with his brother Solei, who sells him the idea of better prospects. Will Bora follow his brother’s footsteps, even if it means abandoning his mother and friends?
Davy Chou’s debut narrative feature presents an identifiable story of the tough choices a young person has to make transitioning into adulthood. Aided by a cast of non-professional actors and reveling in beautiful cinematography, Diamond Island is an endearing coming-of-age tale told with sweetness and understated sincerity.
- Davy Chou is a Cambodian-French filmmaker. His first feature documentary, Golden Slumbers (2011), was selected by more than 40 international festivals, including the Berlinale Forum and the Busan International Film Festival. His fiction short, Cambodia 2099 (2014), has been selected for Cannes’s Directors’ Fortnight and won among others, the Grand prize of Curtas Vila do Conde.
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