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Diamond Island

Diamond Island

Davy Chou

France, Cambodia, Germany | 2016 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 101’

"Chou builds a rich palette of blues and yellows, contrasting the dusty world of condo construction with the candy-colored nightclubs and amusement parks that Bora frequents as he emerges into adulthood."
Jordan Mintzer - The Hollywood Reporter

festivals & awards

Critics' Week, Cannes Film Festival 2016 / SACD Award


Bora, an 18-year-old, leaves his village to work on the construction sites of Diamond Island, a project for an ultra-modern paradise for the rich and a symbol of tomorrow’s Cambodia. He befriends his fellow workers and finds his elder brother, the charismatic Solei, who went missing five years earlier. Solei introduces him into an exciting world, that of an urban and wealthy youth, its girls, nights and illusions.


Diamond Island
original title

Diamond Island




France, Cambodia, Germany

running time


produced by

Aurora Films - France

in co-production with

Anti-Archive - Cambodia
Vycky Films - France
Vadertastic - Germany
185 Films - Thailand
Arte France Cinema - France

directed by

Davy Chou


Les Films du Losange

An adolescent leaves rural Cambodia to become a construction worker only to be reunited with his missing older brother.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2015

Davy Chou

Film Director