BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober

The Betrayal

USA / 2008 / 96 min
Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath
The story of a familly's epic journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of New York

THE BETRAYAL, the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Ellen Kuras, took 23 years to make. The film, about a family caught in the tides of war, is as much a history lesson about a little known part of the Vietnam War as it is a story of how co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath came to America at the age of 14 with his mother and nine siblings after his homeland, Laos fell to the Communists. As one might expect from a film directed by a famed cinematographer, THE BETRAYAL, is beautifully shot and visually poetic. Thavi's story is one of love, family, culture, betrayal, struggle, and, ultimately, survival and triumph. THE BETRAYAL is a powerful tale with a heart and soul you won't soon forget.

Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath

Ellen Kuras (b. 1959) is an acclaimed cinematographer and has worked with directors as Michel Gondry and Jim Jarmusch. This is her debut as a director together with Thavisouk Phrasavath.
Thavisouk Phrasavath has worked with in many different fields within filmproduction, consentrating mostly on editing. He has directed and edited music videos for different independent artists, is a published poet and has won awards for his paintings and illustration work.