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

08:39′ 13/10/2006 (GMT+7)

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Vietnamese movie-lovers have high hopes for Ao Lua Ha Dong (The White Silk Dress), a film directed by Luu Huynh, which was sent to the 11th annual Pusan International Film Festival for the “New Currents” Award.

The opening ceremony of the Asia’s biggest film festival will take place at the Suyeong Bay Theater, in Pusan, South Korea the evening of Oct 12 and will be hosted by Korean movie stars Ahn Seong Ki and Moon Keun Young.

The festival has the rare opportunity of screening the Korean film Traces of Love, directed by Kim Dae Sung, at the ceremony. The highly anticipated love story quickly sold out via internet in only two and a half minutes.

245 films from 63 countries that individually received high marks of appreciation from the jury will be screened during the festival.

The festival’s film lovers and jury eagerly await the presentation of the various filmic awards including A Window on Asian Cinema, Korean Retrospective, World Cinema, New Currents, and the new Midnight Passion which introduces 12 international films at successive midnights.

Hong Kong movie star Andy Lau will be in attendance to award the “Asian Filmmaker of the Year” prize. Also expected to attend are numerous international and Korean movie stars and directors including Cha In Pyo, Shin Ae Ra, Moon So Ry, Bruno Dumont, Mingliang Tsai, and Andrea Staka.

A media presence of more than 1,500 employees and 675 volunteers will be strongly felt as well.

Pusan is being toured today by Ao Lua Ha Dong’s star Truong Ngoc Anh, director Luu Huynh and producer Phuoc Sang.

The film follows generations of a family’s female members and their relationship with the ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese silk dress) coupled with their attempts keep one precious ao dai in their possession. The movie shows a perspective of Vietnamese family life and the beauty of the ao dai to audiences.

Ao Lua Ha Dong is an impressive film that cost upwards of US$1 million. We worked incredibly hard to complete the many dangerous scenes and in the end we are very satisfied with all the work that has been done. As well, we are excited to partake in the Pusan International Film Festival because it is a great opportunity for us to exchange experiences and formally introduce Vietnamese film to the world. Of course, we hope that Ao Lua Ha Dong will take the top prize to top it all off,” shared Anh.

(Source: SGGP, TT)

11:11′ 15/06/2006 (GMT+7)

Hong Kong is willing to work as a bridge for Vietnamese film makers to reach the outside world, said members of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at a seminar held yesterday in Hanoi.

The seminar, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Vietnam Cinema Association, drew the participation of around 40 Vietnamese film and television companies in the north.

At the seminar, participants had a chance to explore film and television industry trends in Hong Kong and learn about opportunities for Vietnamese film and television professionals to co-operate with Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) was also discussed.

Though FILMART was not unknown to Vietnamese film makers, this is the first time the HKTDC organised an official event to introduce them to FILMART.

Vietnamese movie makers have taken part in several FILMART projects as observers, mostly for the learning experience.

“Though the film and TV industry in Vietnam is rapidly growing and very promising, it needs more content and expertise,” said Tina Phan, director of the HKTDC in Vietnam.

“Hong Kong will be an ideal platform for Vietnamese movie makers to interact with global experts and technology,” said Tina.

FILMART is an annual international trade event that promotes Hong Kong as the regional hub for film distribution and production, television programming and entertainment-related products in the Asian-Pacific region.

Last March, FILMART welcomed 407 exhibitors from 28 countries and territories and over 3,700 visitors from across the globe.

(Source: Viet Nam News