Two Vietnamese films shown at Korean festival
October 17, 2006
Chuyen cua Pao (Pao’s story) and Ao lua Ha Dong (The white silk dress) are the two Vietnamese entries at the Busan International Film Festival which opened a few days ago in the Republic of Korea.
They are among 245 films from 63 countries competing for the New Current Award.
Chuyen cua Pao
Chuyen cua Pao, directed by Ngo Quang Hai, is set in a breathtaking milieu in Vietnam’s northern mountains and tells the story of a Hmong girl named Pao.
She is raised by her stepmother after her real mother leaves her when she is little. One day, her stepmother dies in an accident, and Pao begins to track down her birth mother.
But her journey reveals more than she bargained for – family events from the past that leave her shaken.
The film won the Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Cinematography awards at the 2006 National Film Awards (The Golden Kites) in Vietnam last March.
Last month, it was among five films short-listed from 24 from all over the world for the First Film Award at the Montreal Film Festival in Canada.
It also received an invitation to attend Japan’s Fukuoka Film Festival.
It is also scheduled to compete at other film festivals later this year and early next, including the Missouri festival in the US, Asian Film Festival in Tokyo, Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan, and the Sundance Film Festival in the US.
Ao lua Ha Dong
Ao lua Ha Dong, a five-year production which at over US$2 million is the most expensive film ever made in Vietnam, relates the misfortunes of its two central characters, Dan and her humpbacked husband, and their efforts to hold on to a precious Ha Dong silk dress that belonged to Dan’s mother.
The film was shot in Vietnam’s northern and central regions and one of its scenes needed recreating a flood.
The filmmakers had to blockade a village in Hoi An. A dam surrounding the village was set up using thousands of sand-bags and water was pumped in to give the impression of a flood. More than 1,000 extras were used for the evacuation scenes.
Ao Lua Ha Dong is the first Vietnamese film to use the ‘flying-cam’ technique, which was achieved by hiring American and Singaporean technicians.
At Cannes 2005, an extended trailer of Ao Lua Ha Dong impressed audiences with its beautiful scenes and unique Vietnamese style imagery.
The Busan International Film Festival, held annually since 1996, is one of the most significant in Asia. Its focus is to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially from the Third World.
Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people. It attracts large youthful audiences.
Source: Thanh Nien, VietnamNet, Vietnam News – By Luu Thi Hong