Vietnam Film Week in DC

08-12-05, 20:13
Vietnam Film Week debuted in Washington DC

Me Thao Thoi Vang Bong (The Glorious Time of Me Thao Hamlet)
Vietnam Film Week kicked off in Washington DC Dec. 2, allowing filmgoers there to learn more about Vietnamese culture and history through five world-renowned feature films.
The event started with the screening of Me Thao Thoi Vang Bong (The Glorious Time of Me Thao Hamlet) at the Arthur M.Sackler National Museum for Asian Art in Washington on Friday.

The film will be screened until the festival closes December 18 together with four others – Doi Cat (Sand Life), Vua Bai Rac (King of the Dump), Cua Roi (Lost and Found) and Thung Lung Hoang Vang (Deserted Valley).

In addition, the documentary shorts Nhung Nguoi Ban Do Gom (Ceramics Sellers) and Hanh Trinh Xich Lo Dem (Cyclo Trip at Night) will be shown before each feature.

The audience will also be invited to visit the pavilion displaying Vietnamese potter products and talk with director Pham Nhue Giang on Dec. 18 about her film Deserted Valley. The film - depicting Vietnam’s mountainous region - won the Silver Lotus in the 13th Vietnam Film Festival in 2001.

Directed by Viet Linh, The Glorious Time of Me Thao Hamlet pays homage to the rhythms of 1,000 years of ca tru through exploring the different lives of people from the area where this form of folk music sung by women originated.

As testimony to its quality, the film picked up the Rosa Amuna, the top prize of the 21st Bergamo Film Festival in Italy in 2003. The film has been shown at the Women’s Film Festival in Tokyo, the Singapore International Film Festival, France’s Deauville Film Festival, and the Namur International Francophone Film Festival, also in France.

King of the Dump, directed by Do Minh Tuan, creates a world exactly as the title suggests: a colorful kingdom of garbage ruled by the head of a house full of children, outlaws, vagabonds and garbage. The producers have won a 10-year deal with Canada’s BM Film International to have King of the Dump shown in cinemas and on television and distributed on VCD in the United States and Canada.

Sand Life outlines the bitter life of a middle-aged woman living in a coastal village who spent 20 years waiting for her boyfriend to return from war. The flick took the best feature film award at the 45th Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Hanoi in 2000. Directed by Nguyen Thanh Van, it also won the Best Actress award for Mai Hoa and Best Supporting Actress for Hong Anh, the star of Deserted Valley.

Directed by Vuong Duc, Cua Roi (lost and found), about young intellectuals in Hanoi, has been screened at many international film festivals, including the 53rd Berlin Film Fest, the 2nd Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and 27th Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden.

Vietnam Film Week in Washington was organized by Vietnamese Embassy in the US and the Vietnamese Film Department with the sponsorship of the US-based Ford Foundation.

(Source: VNA – Compiled by Thu Thuy-Thanh Nien)

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