Four Vietnamese women directors enter French film fest

March 12, 2006

Four Vietnamese women directors enter French film fest

Four Vietnamese films, all directed by women, will be screened March 15 at the 28th Créteil International Women Film Festival, which opened Friday in suburban Paris.

The films include two features, Chung Cu (Dormitory) by Viet Linh and Hat Mua Roi Bao Lau (Bride of Silence) by Doan Minh Phuong, and two short documentaries – Trong phuong Thanh Cong co lang Thanh Cong (Thanh Cong village in Thanh Cong ward) by Phan Thi Vang Anh, and Khoa by Phan Huyen Thu.

The 90-minute Chung Cu, produced in 1999, tells of the complicated coexistence between former ‘class enemies’.

The film was invited to attend the Créteil International Women Film Festival five years ago but the French distributor never allowed it.

The 114-minute Bride of Silence has been chosen as the focus on French speaking Asian countries during the 28th Créteil festival, which will end on March 19.

The film won the Best ASEAN Film award at the Bangkok International Film Festival 2006 in Thailand late last month.

Previously it won the Best New Director award at the 10th International Film Festival in Kerala, India in December 2005 and a special jury prize at the 34th Rotterdam International Film Festival in February the same year.

More than 140 films will compete at the 28th Créteil International Women Film Festival for awards totaling €26,000 (US$31,000).

The categories include Jury Prize for best feature, Association of Women Journalists for best documentary, Beaumarchais Association Prize for best French short fiction, and Audience Prizes for best feature, best documentary and best short fiction.

Reported by T.D. – Translated by Thu Thuy

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