Which Vietnamese film will be sent to Oscars?
20:19′ 08/07/2008 (GMT+7)

A scene from “Little Heart”

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Cinema Agency has received an invitation to send a film to the Oscars in 2009 to compete for Best Foreign Film.

According to Do Duy Anh, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Vietnam Cinema Agency, Vietnam is among 96 countries invited to send a film to the 81st Oscars, the highest number so far.

The criteria to be a candidate for an Oscar in 2009 are: screened in the host country for at least seven consecutive days between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008; have English subtitles; and be sent to the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prior to October 1, 2008.

There are two bright candidates, Rung Den (Black Forest) by Vuong Duc and Trai Tim Be Bong (Little Heart) by Thanh Van, which were praised at the Golden Kite Awards 2008. A council will be made to choose the best film.

Previously Vietnam sent Mua Len Trau (Buffalo Boy), Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao’s Story) and Ao Lua Ha Dong (The White Silk Dress) to the Oscars but they all fell in the nomination round.

The Awards Ceremony of the 2009 Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 22, 2009, one month after nominees are announced.

Last year Austria’s “The Counterfeiters” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Hanh Phuong