Vietnam International Film Festival to open in the US

April 7, 2007


Actor Johnny Tri Nguyen (L) and actress Ngo Thanh Van in a scene of Dong mau anh hung (the Rebel)  

The Vietnamese International Film Festival 2007 (ViFF) is set to open in America from Apr. 12-22, reflecting the lives of Vietnamese around the world via the eyes of talented filmmakers.

The third biennial ViFF welcomes a record number of films this year – a total of 51, including 13 features submitted by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from around the world.

ViFF 2007 will open with the world premiere of the visually stunning martial arts drama, The Rebel, directed by Charlie Nguyen on April 12 and close with the warm-hearted feature debut, Owl and the Sparrow, directed by Stephane Gauger on April 22.

The Spotlight Program on April 14 will showcase screenwriter, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, whose work is featured in the film Song trong so hai (Living in Fear) directed by Bui Thac Chuyen.

Six made-in-Vietnam features, including Chuyen cua Pao (Pao’s story), Song trong so hai (Living in Fear), Hon Truong Ba da hang thit (Souls on swing), Hat mua roi bao lau (Bride of Silence), Ao lua Ha Dong (the White silk dress), and Dong mau anh hung (the Rebel) will be showcased at the festival.

Established in October 2003, ViFF aims to support and promote cinema by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent.

ViFF’s mission is to inspire future filmmakers and recognize existing ones as well as to provide a forum for the filmmakers to share their experiences with colleagues and audiences.

Organized by the non-profit Vietnamese-American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) and the Vietnamese Language and Culture (VNLC) at University of California, Los Angeles, this year’s festival theme is Sharing Visions, echoing the need for Vietnamese cinema to extend its reach beyond the Vietnamese communities to the larger, global audience.

Screenings will be held mainly at University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Film & Video Center with selected screening panel discussions at UCLA and in Westminster, California on two consecutive weekends from April 12-15 & 19-22. Opening Night will be held at the Edwards University Cinema 6, Irvine.

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