Saigon Eclipse Wins International Prize

May 8, 2007

After two days of screening, April 26-28, at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Saigon Eclipse directed by overseas Vietnamese Othello Khanh has won the jury’s special prize.

Saigon Eclipse is based on Vietnam’s literature classic, Tale of Kieu by legendary writer Nguyen Du. The film is about a modern Kieu who goes through a life full of difficulties and self-sacrifices.

Co-produced by Film Studio 1 and Canadian producer John Board, Saigon Eclipse stars Vietnamese actress Truong Ngoc Anh, overseas Vietnamese actors Dustin Nguyen and Johnny Tri Nguyen, French-Vietnamese Marjolaine Bui, Singaporean actor Tran Chi Tai and Joseph Chang Tseng from Hong Kong.

Saigon Eclipse has also been selected to take part in the Asian Pacific Film Festival held in Los Angeles, California, the US from May 3-10. It will be screened in Vietnam as of May 18.

The Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, one of the first three international film festivals in North America, is an annual film festival for independent and short films held in Houston, Texas, USA.

The festival has given first honors to such famous Hollywood names as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ly An, Ridley Scott, and Brian De Palma.

Some 59 movies and 67 short films competed in this year’s festival. The highest prize, Remi for best movie, went to Chosyu Five by directors Noboru Maeda and Sho Igarashi. Different Drummers was awarded best screenplay. Death in Vegas won a Remi for best short film, and The Event was voted best experimental film/video. VNN

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