Vietnam shorts

June 23, 2006

Vietnam shorts

The Malaysian Film Club and the Vietnam Cinema Association is proud to present “10 months 10 films,” a programme of shorts made in the Centre for Development and Assistance of Movie Talents (TPD) by young talented filmmakers.  

The TPD was established in 2002 to assist and develop movie talents and other cinematic activities for the Vietnamese cinema. “10 months 10 films,” is one of the projects designed to provide technical filmmaking expertise and know-how to budding filmmakers. This is combined with the “Master Class” project, in which the most promising talents are guided by famed Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung (Cyclo, Vertical Rays of the Sun) to create professional shorts, worthy of festival attention. 

You can catch Mossy Courtyard by Vuong Minh Viet (above) and Nguyen Ha Phong’s Terrace (below) during the “10 months 10 films programme” at Help Institute on June 24.

The “10 months 10 films” programme will have two screening sessions on June 24 at the Theaterette at HELP Institute in Kuala Lumpur. The first session starts from 3.30pm to 5pm, and the second one starts from 5.30pm to 7pm. Admission is free

The first session features five films made in 2004 by five young filmmakers. This programme is 96minutes long. The films featured will be Vuong Minh Viet's Mossy Courtyard (A war veteran assists in the games of some children in his courtyard); Red Happiness by Luong Dinh Dung (About a blind beggar desperately in love with a young prostitute), Another War by Nguyen Thu Thu and Nguyen Manh Ha (A young woman with a scarred face has involuntary desires for her older brother. To get away, she leaves for the sea); Nguyen Hoang Diep's The Fifth Season (The sensual desires of a young woman, expressed through her husband’s laundry); and Mattress by Bui Kim Quy (A cyclo driver finds a mattress and brings it home. The presence of the mattress brings happiness, but also a fair share of unluckiness.) 

The second session will feature six films made in 2005 by six young filmmakers. This programme is 86 minutes long and features: 

Red Ants by Pham Hai Anh (Three women in a house full of red ants come to mutual sympathy); The Paranoia by Vinh Khuong (Only after his death, a paranoid artist understands that love always exists. The painter is also played by the director.); Knocking on Zen Gate by Tran Que Ngoc (A girl goes to the pagoda to test the venerable monk. Finally, she herself is enlightened); Who Make Me Up When The Sun Goes Down by Le Thao Huyen (About an old man in solitude.); Nguyen Quynh Trang's White Storks (An innocent young lass is kept in her house whenever her mother, a prostitute, goes out) and Terrace by Nguyen Ha Phong (About an old man and his son on the terrace).  

Director Nguyen Ha Phong, will be present at the screening for questions and answers.  

For more information, please contact: Julie-Anne Chong at 016-9158974.

KT releases Valentine’s film shorts

February 06, 2006 ㅡ Korea’s top landline telephone carrier, KT Corp., is releasing three short films by renowned domestic directors on the Internet on Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day.
The company said that it sponsored the production of the movies. The films will be given an off-line premier at a movie theater in southern Seoul; applications for tickets can be made online at http://www.ktfilms.com.
About 30 minutes long, each film has two major components: the main theme is love and the plots all involve phone numbers.
Kwak Jae-yong, best known as the director of the Asian hit, “My Sassy Girl,” made a fantasy movie titled “I can hear the memory.” Starring Sohn Tae-young and Lee Chun-hee, the movie depicts a near future in which banks store memories.
Featuring a Korean-American actor, Karl Yoon, and the actress Soh Yoo-jin, “I’m OK” by the director Kim Tae-gyun, is about a martial artist and a woman who wind up living together.
The last of the three films is by Chung Yoon-chul, the director of last year’s hit, “Marathon,” (“Mal-a-ton” in its Korean title). Called “Storm Hill,” the movie depicts an unusual love triangle caused by a phone number appearing in the dreams of the main characters.
“We plan to arrange various events and give out gifts to the people attending the Valentine’s Day off-line premier,” said Joo Yeong-bum, a managing director of public relations at KT. “We hope that the films please our customers and generate interest in fixed-line phones at the same time.”

by Seo Ji-eun spring@joongang.co.kr>

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