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...]

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...]

‘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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

FAFIM to import 100 Hollywood films in 2012

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Ho Chi Minh City's FAFIM (Film Distribution and Screening Company) will import up to 100 features and 300 hours of TV series from leading American filmmakers and distributors like Universal, Warner Bros and Vision Films. Ho Chi Minh City FAFIM Director Nguyen Van Hong (L) and Francisco J Sanchez, Under Secretary for International Trade at the US Department of Commerce (R), in HCMC on March 6. … [Read more...]

New horror film on Valentine’s Day: Qua Tim Mau

The Hanoitimes - Famous comic actor and theatre director Thai Hoa appears to have further enhanced his talent in a leading role in the new horror film Qua Tim Mau (Vengeful Heart).Hoa and his partner, Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu, worked together on his script for the film that will be released on Valentine's Day. The 90-minute film features secrets about Linh (played by Nabi Nha Phuong), Phuong (played by Tu Vi) and Cu Hu (played by Hoa). The film includes visual and sound effects by Christopher Wong. After its premiere in HCM City yesterday night, Qua Tim Mau was praised by many viewers. Hoa said he worked hard to "prove himself to the talented director Victor Vu". Based on a script by Hoa, the film was rewritten by director Victor and Doan Nhat Nam. Vu is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in US. He won the jury prize at the International Film Festival in Ha Noi in 2012 for his kung fu film, Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood Letter). Last year, his Bi Mat Tham Do … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 11/2

Horror flick shows on Valentine's DayFamous comic actor and theatre director Thai Hoa appears to have further enhanced his talent in a leading role in the new horror film Qua Tim Mau (Vengeful Heart).Hoa and his partner, Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu, worked together on his script for the film that will be released on Valentine's Day.The 90-minute film features secrets about Linh (played by Nabi Nha Phuong), Phuong (played by Tu Vi) and Cu Hu (played by Hoa).The film includes visual and sound effects by Christopher Wong.After its premiere in HCM City yesterday night, Qua Tim Mau was praised by many viewers.Hoa said he worked hard to "prove himself to the talented director Victor Vu".Based on a script by Hoa, the film was rewritten by director Victor and Doan Nhat Nam.Vu is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in US. He won the jury prize at the International Film Festival in Ha Noi in 2012 for his kung fu film, Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood Letter).Last year, his Bi Mat Tham … [Read more...]

Horror flick shows on Valentine’s Day

A scene in Qua Tim Mau (Vengeful Heart). HCM CITY  (VNS) — Famous comic actor and theatre director Thai Hoa appears to have further enhanced his talent in a leading role in the new horror film Qua Tim Mau (Vengeful Heart). Hoa and his partner, Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu, worked together on his script for the film that will be released on Valentine's Day. The 90-minute film features secrets about Linh (played by Nabi Nha Phuong), Phuong (played by Tu Vi) and Cu Hu (played by Hoa). The film includes visual and sound effects by Christopher Wong. After its premiere in HCM City yesterday night, Qua Tim Mau was praised by many viewers. Hoa said he worked hard to "prove himself to the talented director Victor Vu". Based on a script by Hoa, the film was rewritten by director Victor and Doan Nhat Nam. Vu is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in US. He won the jury prize at the International Film Festival in Ha Noi in 2012 for his kung fu film, Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood … [Read more...]

Veteran director back making films

Scene from the past: A still from the 2002 film Me Thao Thoi Vang Bong (Once Upon a Time in Me Thao Village) by Viet Linh, southern Viet Nam's first woman director. - File Photo HCM CITY (VNS) - Southern Viet Nam's first woman director Viet Linh is set to return to moviemaking this week after years of focusing on writing. Her new film, Toi Da Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I Saw Yellow Flowers on Green Grass), is about childhood, she says, and is based on a novel of the same name written by best-selling children's author Nguyen Nhat Anh. … [Read more...]

Cinematography sector encouraged to foster innovation

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Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addressing the congress (Photo: VGP) NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked Vietnam’s cinematography industry to foster innovation in order to meet world cinema standards. Deputy PM Dam made the request at the eight national congress of the Vietnam Cinematography Association (VCA) in Hanoi on July 14, which was attended by nearly 500 delegates representing over 1,700 of the association’s members and leaders of ministries and sectors. He praised the sector’s contributions to facilitating national construction and defence, as well as to preserving and promoting Vietnamese culture. He expressed his appreciation to the association’s members and Vietnamese artists in general whose love for the arts and creativity have brought to audiences many good things in life through their works, requesting them to overcome the sector’s current challenges relating to the lack of human resources, negative impacts of market … [Read more...]

March 9-15: First fuel price hike of the year

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Domestic petrol prices shoot up by over VND1,600 per litre The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), the country’s largest fuel wholesaler, raised the retail price of several fuel varieties as of 15:00 pm on March 11, the second adjustment and the first rise this year. Accordingly, the prices of petrol RON95 and petrol RON92 jumped VND1,610 per litre to VND17,880 and VND17,280 per litre, respectively, while bio-fuel E5 price increased by VND1,600 per litre to VND16,950. The prices of kerosene and diesel also increased by VND900 and VND700 per litre respectively while a litre of mazut rose by VND900 a kilogram. NA Standing Committee convenes 36th session The 13th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee convened its 36th session on March 9 with a special focus on final preparations for the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) to be held in Hanoi later this month. The last rehearsal for the IPU-132 opening ceremony was held on March 15 at the NA … [Read more...]

Three celluloid films win 2014 Silver Kite awards

Representatives of the three celluloid films receiving the 2014 Silver Kite prizes

PANO - The 2014 Silver Kite Awards were given to three celluloid films, namely "Huong Ga" (Huong Ga-Rise) by Cuong Ngo, "Lac gioi" (Paradise in heart) by Phi Tien Son and "Nhung dua con cua lang" (Children of the village) by Nguyen Duc Viet at the 2014 Kite Awards ceremony at the Queen Hall Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City in the evening of March 12th. No celluloid film won the Golden Kite prize this time but, actress Truong Ngoc Anh in "Huong Ga-Rise" and actor Trung Dung in "Paradise in heart" were named the best actress and actor in this category. Meanwhile, the best supporting actor and actress were Huy Cuong in "Children of the village" and Kim Xuan in "Qua tim mau" (Bloody heart) by Victor Vũ. Also in this category, Pham Dung in "Children of the village" was honored as the best screenwriter; the best cameraman: Ly Thai Dung in "Song cung lich su" (Live with the history); the best sound of music: the film "Doat hon" (Hollow) by director Ham Tran; the best musician: Quoc … [Read more...]

Three movies win top prizes at Golden Kite Awards 2014

Winners of the 2014 Golden Kite Award

Three movies won the Silver Kit Prizes at the 2014 Golden Kite Awards, the annual Vietnamese film awards organized by the Vietnam Cinematography Association took place in Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of March 12. They included Nhung Dua Con Cua Lang (Children of the Village), Huong Ga (Rise) and Lac Gioi (Paradise in Heart). There were any featured films to choose for the Golden Kite Award. The film Nhung Dua Con Cua Lang (Children of the Village) was also presented the best feature film award voted by the press. Ngo Quoc Cuong won "best director", and "best actress" went to Truong Ngoc Anh for the movie Huong Ga (Rise). Trung Dung took "best actor" for his role in the film Lac Gioi (Paradise in Heart). Actor Huy Cuong and actress Kim Xuan were named "best supporting actor" and "best supporting actress". Actor Son Tung and actresses Binh An and Ngoc Thanh Tam got "Most Promising Actor" and "Most Promising Actress". In the TV series category, the Golden Kite prize was … [Read more...]

Female gangster film grabs Golden Kite wins

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Huong Ga (Rise), a movie based on the life of a female gang leader, won the three top prizes at the annual 2014 Golden Kite awards on March 12. The awards were organised by the Vietnam Cinematography Association in HCM City. Vietnamese-Canadian director Cuong Ngo's action thriller won the Silver Kite prize for the best movie, along with two other movies: veteran director Phi Tien Son's Lac Gioi (Paradise in Heart) and director Nguyen Duc Viet's Nhung Dua Con Cua Lang (Children of the Village). Cuong, a graduate in film production and directing from York University in Toronto, received the Golden Kite prize for best director. Based on a novel by Nguyen Dinh Tu, Huong Ga is the story of a girl named Huong, who goes from being an incense seller at a train station to becoming a gang leader. The film's subject and visual effects left a strong impression on the jury and the audience. Cuong said he and his crew had worked hard to film the action scenes. Truong Ngoc Anh, who plays the … [Read more...]