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Vietnamese movies win prizes at Swiss film festival

Vietnamese film makers have won a number of prizes at a European film festival. Culi Never Cries, the debut drama by Pham Ngoc Lan, won two prizes in the Open Doors section of Locarno Film Festival held in Locarno, Switzerland.

The movie picked up the ARTE International Open Doors and Sorfond Awards, according to the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab. Meanwhile, film project Tro Tan Ruc Ro (Glorious Ashes) by director Bui Thac Chuyen and producer Tran Thi Bich Ngoc won the CNC Prize.

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From right to left, producers Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, Duong Dieu Linh and Le Quynh Anh are pictured with Locarno Film Festival awards.

Young directors Duong Dieu Linh and Le Quynh Anh won the Moulin d’André-CEC and Rotterdam Lam awards respectively. According to Variety, Culi Never Cries has impressed the international media when it was introduced in Open Doors programme within the Swiss film festival.

The film tells the story of Lady M., a blue-collar retiree in Vietnam, returning to Berlin after learning that her estranged German husband has died. He has left behind an urn with his ashes and a dog named Cu Li.

After coming back to Vietnam, she finds that her pregnant niece is rushing into marriage. Fearing that she will commit the same life mistakes as she did when she was young, Lady M. embarks on a journey retracing her memories, evoking Vietnam’s past.

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The scene at Culi Never Cries.

Culi Never Cries was previously screened at Cannes’ Cinefondation L’Atelier, Busan’s Asian Project Market, SEAFIC x PAS, Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia workshop, and Talents Tokyo.

To Glorious Ashes by filmmaker Chuyen, CNC Prize has enriched its international awards.

Adapted from short stories by renowned Vietnamese writer Nguyen Ngoc Tu, the film won Busan Award in Asian Project Market of Busan International Film Festival 2017. It was also presented at Cannes’ Cinefondation L’Atelier 2018.

Also in Locarno Film Festival this year, Nha Cay (The Tree House) by director Truong Minh Quy was screened in the category for new film talents and Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung (Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere) by director Nguyen Hoang Diep will be screened on August 15 in Open Doors Screening.

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Source: VNS/VNA

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