Vietnam movies distributed abroad under studio deal

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A Vietnamese movie about childhood will be distributed abroad under deal signed between HCM City-based Galaxy Studio and Fortissimo Films, an Amsterdam- and Hong Kong-based organisation involved in film, television and videos sales and distribution. The film Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (Yellow Flowers on Green Grass) is based on a novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, famous for his books about children. Anh's 380-page Toi Da Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I Saw Yellow Flowers on Green Grass) was first published in 2010 by Tre (Youth) Publishing House. It became a publishing phenomenon within the first two weeks of release. It has been reprinted many times by prestigious publishers. The book is about a group of rural children living in a poor village. It tells stories about friendship, love, compassion and heartlessness. The film's producers, Galaxy Studio and Phuong Nam Film, asked director Viet Linh, who divides her time between Paris and HCM City, to join the film project, which … [Read more...]

Cash Cab Viet Nam rolls into HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS)— Taxi May Man, the Vietnamese version of Cash Cab - the famous TV game show that originated in the UK, will begin airing on HTV7 at 8:30pm every Friday from this week. Devised by Adam Wood, the four-time Emmy Award winning show has been replicated in 39 countries worldwide. The most famous of these are the American version that began airing on the Discovery Channel in 2005, and the Asia-Pacific version on AXN Asia since October last year. Taxi May Man is hosted by comedian Hieu Hien who acted in the popular TV series Bong Dung Muon Khoc (Suddenly I wanna cry) and the movie Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise). … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/2

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Goethe-Institut Hanoi to host 'Street-Front Houses' exhibition The Goethe-Institut of Hanoi will host "Nha Mat Pho" (Street-front Houses), an exhibition of the work of artist Nguyen The Son, from March 8-28. Recently, Hanoi's residential buildings, which have long shaped the face of the city, have been changing dramatically. Instead of windows and balconies, which facilitate the communication between neighbors, tall billboards now seal the houses off from the street. This exhibition reflects an aspect of the rapid transformation of Hanoi's architecture. Using paper and silk, this exhibition features photographic installations which play with the beholder's perception and blur the line between reality and fiction; video installations are used to reflect the rapid change Hanoi has undergone over the past several years. Nguyen The Son graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. In 2008, he began to pursue a Master's degree in Fine Art Photography at the Central … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/2

Goethe-Institut Hanoi to host 'Street-Front Houses' exhibition The Goethe-Institut of Hanoi will host “Nha Mat Pho” (Street-front Houses), an exhibition of the work of artist Nguyen The Son, from March 8-28. Recently, Hanoi’s residential buildings, which have long shaped the face of the city, have been changing dramatically. Instead of windows and balconies, which facilitate the communication between neighbors, tall billboards now seal the houses off from the street. This exhibition reflects an aspect of the rapid transformation of Hanoi's architecture. Using paper and silk, this exhibition features photographic installations which play with the beholder’s perception and blur the line between reality and fiction; video installations are used to reflect the rapid change Hanoi has undergone over the past several years. Nguyen The Son graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. In 2008, he began to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Art … [Read more...]

Berlin festival to show local film

The movie Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) by director Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9-19 in Berlin. Dang's latest film is the first Vietnamese production to feature a positive view of homosexual life. It will be shown as part of the festival's Panorama category, for films courting controversial subjects such as violence and homosexuality, while portraying a special artistic effect. The film gives prominence to humanity through two separate stories. The first depicts a love triangle between three gays. The second concerns a friendship between a mentally handicapped man with a prostitute. They have their own dreams, emotions and love, like others. The film received critical acclaim and commercial success in Vietnam, and has been shown at several international festivals from which it has garnered mixed reviews. Lost in Paradise was screened at the Toronto film festival … [Read more...]

Berlin festival to show local film

The movie Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) by director Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9-19 in Berlin. Dang's latest film is the first Vietnamese production to feature a positive view of homosexual life. It will be shown as part of the festival's Panorama category, for films courting controversial subjects such as violence and homosexuality, while portraying a special artistic effect. The film gives prominence to humanity through two separate stories. The first depicts a love triangle between three gays. The second concerns a friendship between a mentally handicapped man with a prostitute. They have their own dreams, emotions and love, like others. The film received critical acclaim and commercial success in Vietnam, and has been shown at several international festivals from which it has garnered mixed reviews. Lost in Paradise was screened at the Toronto film festival last … [Read more...]

‘Lost in Paradise’ wins big at film festival

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Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival held in the central city of Phu Yen. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang did not to attend the closing ceremony on December 17 to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, when he was unable to hand the award over to Dang directly. Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives) - the most anticipated film in the … [Read more...]

VN Film Fest closes without a Golden Lotus Award for feature film

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Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival, held in the central city of Phu Yen. From the left: Lan Ngoc, Quach Ngoc Ngoan and Phuong Thanh, who won the Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Awards. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang was unable to attend the ceremony held on Saturday night to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, … [Read more...]

VN Film Fest closes without a Golden Lotus Award for feature film

Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival, held in the central city of Phu Yen. From the left: Lan Ngoc, Quach Ngoc Ngoan and Phuong Thanh, who won the Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Awards. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang was unable to attend the ceremony held on Saturday night to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, … [Read more...]

Lost in Paradise wins big at film festival

For the first time, a prize awarded by the Vietnam Cinematography Association was given to director Nguyen Quang Dung, who has been working as film director nearly 10 years.   VNA/VOV

HA NOI — Vu Ngoc Dang has made history after becoming the first director of a commercial film to win a Golden Lotus award for Best Director at the National Film Festival held in the central city of Phu Yen. His homosexual love Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen Ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) scooped up two other Golden Lotus prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Ho Vinh Khoa and Best Cameraman for Nguyen Nam. Lost in Paradise has been shown in many other international film festivals this year. Dang was unable to attend the ceremony held on Saturday night to pick up his trophy. "What a pity! Dang is a third generation director of Vietnamese cinema. He and other established directors like Dao Ba Son and Nhue Giang have made the festival successful," said director Luu Trong Ninh, head of the jury panel for the Feature Film category, when he was unable to hand the award over to Dang directly. Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives) - the most anticipated film in … [Read more...]

VN film travels to society’s edge

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The highly anticipated film Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) directed by Vu Ngoc Dang will be released in cinemas nationwide tomorrow, Oct 12. Hotboys: Leading actors Luong Manh Hai and Ho Vinh Khoa act in the film Lost in Paradise. — File Photo Lost in Paradise boldly depicts the hardships of those living on the fringes of society by telling the story of Khoa, a rural man, who falls into the world of prostitution after being raped by two homosexual men. Viewers are unsure if Khoa is lucky or unlucky when another gay man named Lam appears to help Khoa escape from his life on the edge. The film is scheduled to screen at the Busan International Film Festival 2011's A Window on Asian Cinemaon from today to Thursday. This year, A Window on Asian Cinema section, which invited 49 films from 16 countries, will feature the next generation of filmmakers who will lead the Asian film industry into the future. Entries from … [Read more...]

VN film travels to society’s edge

The highly anticipated film Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) directed by Vu Ngoc Dang will be released in cinemas nationwide tomorrow, Oct 12. Hotboys: Leading actors Luong Manh Hai and Ho Vinh Khoa act in the film Lost in Paradise. — File Photo Lost in Paradise boldly depicts the hardships of those living on the fringes of society by telling the story of Khoa, a rural man, who falls into the world of prostitution after being raped by two homosexual men. Viewers are unsure if Khoa is lucky or unlucky when another gay man named Lam appears to help Khoa escape from his life on the edge. The film is scheduled to screen at the Busan International Film Festival 2011's A Window on Asian Cinemaon from today to Thursday. This year, A Window on Asian Cinema section, which invited 49 films from 16 countries, will feature the next generation of filmmakers who will lead the Asian film industry into the future. Entries from … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/10

Homosexuals, musketeers and revolutionaries to kick off Halloween season This October Vietnamese cinema lovers will see a bunch musketeers, revolutionarists and boxing coaches hitting the screens nationwide. Korea’s blockbuster “Quick” will open the month’s screenings with its thrilling action scenes. Considered an Asian version of the Hollywood’s classic “Speed” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in the 90s, “Quick” features a break-up couple getting caught in a city bombing plot. In the role of a delivery guy, young actor Lee Min-ki cannot stay more than 10 meters away from his ex-girlfriend, played by actress Kang Ye-won, or the micro-bomb installed in his helmet will set off. The film reunited two film stars who had appeared in 2009’s Korean box-office hit “Haeundae” as a couple who suffered from a tragic ending. “Quick” will premier on October 7. Loyal fans of the “Twilight” saga will be enthralled with “Abduction,” starring the rising Hollywood heartthrob Taylor … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s gay movie attends Vancouver festival

Vietnam's gay-themed movie "Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" is now attending the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival after making its trip to the Toronto International Film Festival last month. "Lost in paradise" by Vu Ngoc Dang will compete for Best Picture of Canh Dieu Vang 2012Photo: Tuoi Tre The movie titled "Lost in Paradise" in English, which was nominated to the Discovery category for outstanding works from promising filmmakers around the world at the Toronto festival, will race to the Dragons and Tigers category for Asian directors at the Vancouver festival. The 100-minute film directed by Vu Ngoc Dang narrates the story of Khoa, an innocent man who leaves his poor village for Sai Gon and falls in love with Lam, a male prostitute. It rivals includes "Mr. Tree" and "Buddha mountain" from China, "Dendera" from Japan, "The day he arrives" from South Korea and "A simple life" from Hong Kong. This is the third time Vietnam has sent … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s movie to join Toronto film festival

A film by director Vu Ngoc Dang will be the only Vietnamese film to be screened at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, slated for Sept. 8-18. The movie “ Hot boy noi loan va cau chuyen ve thang cuoi, co gai diem va con vit” (Rebellious hot boy and story of a smiling chap, a harlot and a duck) depicts the life and love of three gays, Khoa, Lam and Dong, and the story of a dumb smiling boy and a prostitute girl named Hanh. The thorny theme of the film attracted the attention of the organisers of the Toronto Film Festival when it was introduced at the first Vietnam International Film Festival in Hanoi in October 2010. The organisers have introduced the film with the title “Lost in Paradise” on the festival’s official website. However, the movie, expected to hit cinemas on October 14, has yet to get permission from the Vietnam Cinematography Department for joining the festival. VNA/VOVNews … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film makes it to Canadian festival

"Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" by Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the festival under the title "Lost in Paradise."

A Vietnamese movie has been nominated to the Discovery category for outstanding works from promising filmmakers around the world at this month's Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. "Hotboy Noi Loan va Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit" by Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the festival under the title "Lost in Paradise." Giovanna Fulvi, the Asian cinema programmer for the festival, wrote on the festival's website: "Perhaps the first film from Vietnam to depict homosexual love both explicitly and in a positive light, Ngoc Dang Vu's 'Lost in Paradise' conveys its characters' lives in a remarkable range of tones, from the humor¬ous to the absurd to the tragic. "It opens our eyes to rarely glimpsed facets of contemporary Vietnam, and relays stories that are usually left untold." The 100-minute film, which narrates the story of Khoa, an innocent man who leaves his poor village for Sai Gon and falls in love with Lam, a male prostitute, has just been finished and … [Read more...]

Officially informing 10 typical events of culture, sports and tourism 2015

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(Cinet)- The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 29 announced the top 10 culture, sports and tourism events in 2015, which were voted by 121 journalists representing media agencies across the country. 1. The special art performance programme marking the 70th anniversary of the National Day themed "Vietnam - Aspiration for Peace", which honoured the cultural diversity and aspiration for peace of ethnic groups in Vietnam. 2. The exhibition on 70 years of social-economic achievements, at the ever largest scale, which displayed the country's most outstanding achievements in defence, security, politics, economy, education, culture and society. 3. The Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province was recognised by UNESCO as a world natural heritage for the second time. The park is also the only World Natural Heritage site in Vietnam to satisfy three criteria on bio-diversity. 4. UNESCO inscribed the Tug of War rituals and games, which are traditionally … [Read more...]

One film listed the first in top 10 key cultural events in 2015

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The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 29 revealed the top 10 culture, sports and tourism events in 2015. Apart from ceremonies of the national key festivals, the list included some the ministry's highlights such as: The movie "I saw yellow flower on green grass" became the first film produced in the public-private model having the highest sales and the State for the first time conferred the Emeritus Artisan title on artisans in the intangible cultural heritage field. 1. The special art performance programme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Day themed "Vietnam – Aspiration for Peace" deeply impressed with local people and international friends. Bringing together 2,500 artists and artisans, the programme highlighted the country’s cultural achievements in different historic stages. 2. The exhibition on 70 years of social-economic achievements, at the ever largest scale displayed the country’s most outstanding … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ten major culture, sports and tourism events in 2015

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 29 announced the top 10 culture, sports and tourism events in 2015, which were voted by 121 journalists representing media agencies across the country. 1. The special art performance programme marking the 70th anniversary of the National Day themed "Vietnam – Aspiration for Peace", which honoured the cultural diversity and aspiration for peace of ethnic groups in Vietnam. Bringing together 2,500 artists and artisans, the programme highlighted the country’s cultural achievements in different historic stages. The programme also vividly portrayed the special cultural features of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam and UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage as well as the whole nation’s aspiration for peace and development. 2. The exhibition on 70 years of social-economic achievements, at the ever largest scale, which displayed the country’s most outstanding achievements in defence, security, politics, … [Read more...]

Ten major culture, sports and tourism events in 2015

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 29 announced the top 10 culture, sports and tourism events in 2015, which were voted by 121 journalists representing media agencies across the country. 1. The special art performance programme marking the 70th anniversary of the National Day themed "Vietnam – Aspiration for Peace", which honoured the cultural diversity and aspiration for peace of ethnic groups in Vietnam. Bringing together 2,500 artists and artisans, the programme highlighted the country’s cultural achievements in different historic stages. The programme also vividly portrayed the special cultural features of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam and UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage as well as the whole nation’s aspiration for peace and development. 2. The exhibition on 70 years of social-economic achievements, at the ever largest scale, which displayed the country’s most outstanding achievements in defence, security, politics, … [Read more...]