Spring Grants 2016
Current project status: COMPLETED
Diamond Island is a symbol of Cambodia’s future, a sprawling, ultra-modern paradise for the rich on the river in Phnom Penh. Like many other country boys, 18-year-old Bora is lured from his village to work on the construction of this property developers’ dream. There, he forges new friendships and is even reunited with his charismatic older brother Solei, who disappeared five years ago. Solei introduces Bora to the exciting world of Cambodia’s privileged urban youth, with its girls, its nightlife and its illusions.
- Davy Chou
- Davy Chou, Claire Maugendre
- Davy Chou, Charlotte Vincent, Olivier Pere, Henneke Van Der Tas, Kavich Neang
About the Director
Davy Chou is a Khmer-French filmmaker and producer. In 2009, he created French production company Vycky Films. In 2014, he co-founded Cambodian production company Anti-Archive. Davy Chou gained attention with his 2011 documentary ‘Golden Slumbers’. His 2016 feature, ‘Diamond Island’ (DFI recipient, 2016), premiered and was awarded at Cannes Critics’ Week. With Anti-Archive, he has produced Kavich Neang’s films, Danech San’s 2018 short, ‘A Million Years’, Sreylin Meas’ 2019 short, ‘California Dreaming’, and Adrien Genoudet’s 2017 documentary, ‘Waxing Moon’.
Production Company Profile
Over the past few years, Aurora Films, based in Paris, France, has specialized in French and international co-productions and has produced about 50 films including shorts, documentaries and feature films. Out of the seven feature films produced, five were selected at Cannes. Recent films include ‘Exotica, Erotica, Etc.’ by Evangelia Kranioti, which premiered in the Forum Section of Berlin Film Festival 2015, ‘Heaven Sent’ (‘Tombé du ciel’) by Wissam Charaf selected by ACID in Cannes 2016 as well as ‘Diamond Island’ by Davy Chou, which was awarded the Prix SACD 2016 at the Critic’s Week in Cannes 2016.
Awards and Festival History
"Busan International Film Festival 2016, A Window on Asian Cinema
Melbourne International Film Festival 2016, Accent on Asia
Filmfest Munchen 2016, International Independents Competition
Milano Film Festival 2016, Feature Film Competition
"SACD Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2016, Semaine de la Critique (WP)
Grand Prix and Jean Vigo Mention, Festival du Film de Cabourg Film Festival 2016, Feature-Length Competition"