Overseas Vietnamese directors and their homecomings

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Several Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) directors have returned to Vietnam to make films over recent years. Their homecomings, whether successful or not, breathe freshness and novelty to the country's local film industry. Unlike those who founded the Viet Kieu film sector, today's batch of Vietnamese-origin directors, most of who come from the US, where they have had some experience with Hollywood, integrate better as they target local audiences rather than merely to screen films abroad. Charlie Nguyen, who was previously known as director of comic skits among overseas Vietnamese communities and a few films such as "Hung Vuong the 18th" and "Chances Are" produced in the US, made his directing debut in his home country with "Dong mau anh hung" (The Rebel) in 2006. The film, which won notable critical acclaim and breathed novelty into the local insipid film industry back then, took Nguyen more than 10 years to write the script and two years to travel throughout the country for … [Read more...]

Wednesday November 19, 2014

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A: It's getting colder in Hanoi as we are at the beginning of winter. The average temperature these days is 25DC during the day and 20DC at night. As the season changes, warm, humid days alternate with cold days, making it easy for people, especially children, to catch a cold with annoying symptoms like coughing and a running nose. B: I think this weather is much better than it will be next month. From December to February, it will be colder with more rainy days. Gray will color the skies, streets, leafless trees, and houses. It's interesting to hear about weather changes in other parts of the world right now. Satoshi Nishioto in Fuchu city, Tokyo, says cool days have come to Tokyo because it's already the middle of autumn. Pak Ning Tjang told us that in North Sumatra, Indonesia, it's always raining and cloudy. … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (03-09-2014)

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Viet Nam will hold a film festival in France every July. It is the result of the first Viet Nam Film Festival, which was organised in Saint Malo last July by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Cinema Department in the framework of the Vietnamese Year in France. … [Read more...]

Vietnam film festival held in France

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The Hanoitimes - The festival will introduce 15 Vietnamese flims including features, documentaries and animations to French audiences on July 1-6. They include Choi Voi (Adrift), Mui Du Du Xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya), Mua He Chieu Thang Dung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun), Dong Duong (Indochina ), Khat Vong Thang Long (Thang Long), and Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burning Grass). Vietnamese films in different genres are being screened at the first Vietnamese Film Festival in the northwestern port city of Saint Malo, France, as part of activities in the framework of the Year of Vietnam in France in 2014. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 7/7

Vietnamese seafood banquet sets Asian record A seafood banquet - 777m in length- in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 5 for over 700 guests has set a record as Asia's longest ever. The food was awesome, with seven variants of seafood including crab, clams, oysters and snails,artfully arranged on each table. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, General Director of Asia Record Organization (ARO), attended the event, announcing his organisation's recognition of the party as the longest of its kind in Asia. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 5/7

Gukak Chungnam performs in Vietnam The Gukak Chungnam Orchestra from Cheonan City , the Republic of Korea, is due to stage a concert at HCM City's Ben Thanh Theatre on July 3. The ensemble will play traditional Korean music with common instruments such as Daegeum flute and Janggo drum. Korean artists will perform "Vietnam is my homeland" - a song composed by Do Nhuan, to deliver a message of Vietnamese people and beautiful landscape to international friends. On July 6, the orchestra will move to Hanoi to give a performance at the Au Co Art Performing Theater. … [Read more...]

First Vietnam Film Festival in France

The Saigon Times Daily Artists participating in the Film Festival in France include director - artist Th anh Van and her husband, artist Nhuan Giang; director Vu Dinh Tuan, Doan Minh Tuan, and others. Actors and actresses such as Truong Ngoc Anh, Hong Anh, Van Trang and Cam Lynh, as well as representatives from the Central Documentary and Science Film Studio, Giai Phong Film Studio, Vietnam Film Serial Studio, among others, will also participate in the this special festival. The Vietnam Film Festival will introduce to the public many cinema works, which have a variety of themes, and are rich in expression. Besides the new films, the festival will also introduce other old, yet valuable cinema films that are still popular. The above information is provided by Deputy Director of Cinema Department Do Duy Anh in a meeting with journalists on June 25, 2014. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 26/6

Vietnamese photo and writing contest invites entries All Vietnamese people and foreigners of all ages and occupations are invited to participate in a photo and writing contest about their feelings for Viet Nam's people and natural landscape. The contest has been jointly organised by Tuoi Tre (Youth) daily newspaper and Saigontourist, one of the country's largest tourism agencies, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sai Gon liberation which took place on April 30, 1975. Entitled Tan Huong Ban Sac Viet (Enjoy the Vietnamese Identity), the contest's themes are about beautiful moments which depict the beauty of nature, daily life and traditional customs, festivals, local gastronomy and the hospitality of the Vietnamese people across the country. … [Read more...]

Vietnam film festival to come to France in July

A Vietnam Film Festival will be held in the French coastal city of Saint Malo from July 1-6, as part of activities marking the Vietnam Year in France. The information was announced by Do Duy Anh, Deputy Director of the Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, at a press conference held in Hanoi on June 25. The event's organising board will introduce to the French public a selection of Vietnamese works of various types, from feature films to documentaries and cartoons. Besides, a series of films about Vietnam made by French and overseas Vietnamese directors in France will also be shown on the occasion, including Choi voi (Adrift), Dong Duong (Indochine) and Mui du du xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya), along with the two historical films of Song cung lich su (Living With History) and Dien Bien Phu. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Film Festival to take place in France

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(VOV) -A Vietnam Film Festival is set to get underway in the coastal city of Saint Malo, France from July 1-6 as part of activities celebrating the Vietnam Year in France. Mongolian film premiered in Hanoi Russian films premiere in Vietnam Dien Bien Phu victory films shown in Germany The information was announced by Do Duy Anh, Deputy Director of Cinema Department, at a press conference in Hanoi on June 25. Historical films to be introduced include Khat Vong Thang Long (Aspirations of Thang Long), Lua Phat (Buddha fire), Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burning Grass), Nhung nguoi viet huyen thoai (The legendary writers), and Trang noi day gieng (Moon at the Bottom of the Well). … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 1/3

The winning photo. Photographer Truong Huu Hung from Binh Thuan Province won first-place prize at the International Photo Contest Circle 8 Marzo 2014 in Italy. Hung won the prize for his piece titled "On Way to the Market".

Hue to hold world food festival The central province will be the host of the Hue International Cuisine Festival, slated to be held between April 15-19 as part of the 2014 Hue Festival. The festival will introduce culinary specialties from the ASEAN and Asian countries and 10 Vietnamese dishes that were recognised by the Asian Records Organisation. A beer festival, sponsored and organised by the Hue Brewery company, will also serve visitors and tourists during the Hue festival, running from April 12-20. According to organisers, the Hue-based company will pay VND6 billion (US$285,000) towards the beer festival's costs. The Hue festival has been the biggest cultural event in the central region since 2000. Phu Tho ready for Hung Kings' worship ceremony The northern province of Phu Tho has worked hard to have facilities and activities ready for this year's festival to commemorate the nation's legendary founders, the Hung Kings. The Hung Kings Temple Festival will begin on … [Read more...]

Tran Anh Hung to shoot French film

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The Saigon Times Daily Set in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the movie features three women belonging to different generations who are faced with harsh tragedies and misery during their lives. This is Hung's first French movie. His previous films were Xich lo (Cyclo), Mui du du xanh (The Scent of Green Papaya), Mua he chieu thang dung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun) in Vietnamese; Norwegian Wood in Japanese and I Come with the Rain in English. The movie will feature Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent, Audrey Tauton from The Da Vince Code and Bérénice Bejo who was nominated for an Oscar in The Artist. Eternité's budget is estimated at US$14 million. Hung's first movie Mui du du xanh won the Golden Camera Award at the Cannes International Film Festival 1993. He also won the Golden Lion Award for Xich lo in 1995. … [Read more...]

Festival honours inspirational director

Blast from the past: A poster of the film Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood Letter), directed by overseas Vietnamese director Victor Vu.

HA NOI (VNS)— Award-winning director Tran Anh Hung will receive the Inspiration Award for his contributions to Vietnamese cinema at theInspiration Award (ViFF) in April. Born in 1962 in Viet Nam's central city of Da Nang, Hung emigrated to France when he was 12. The director's films - mainly varied meditations on life in Viet Nam - started a wave of cinematic efforts by overseas Vietnamese that have been widely acclaimed. He received his first Oscar nomination for The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), which also won two top prizes at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Cyclo (1995), featuring Hong Kong movie star Tony Leung Chiu Wai, also got an Oscar nomination in addition to a top prize at the Venice International Film Festival. Hung's latest film Norwegian Wood, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Haruki Murakami, will be screened after the awards ceremony. The eight-day ViFF will be held in the US cities of Irvine, Santa Ana and Los Angeles from April 4-7 and 11-14. With the … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese film festival to kick off

HA NOI - Award-winning director Tran Anh Hung will receive the Inspiration Award for his contributions to Vietnamese cinema at the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) in April. Born in 1962 in Viet Nam's central city of Da Nang, Hung emigrated to France when he was 12. The director's films - mainly varied meditations on life in Viet Nam - started a wave of cinematic efforts by overseas Vietnamese that have been widely acclaimed. He received his first Oscar nomination for The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), which also won two top prizes at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Cyclo (1995), featuring Hong Kong movie star Tony Leung Chiu Wai, also got an Oscar nomination in addition to a top prize at the Venice International Film Festival. Hung's latest film Norwegian Wood, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Haruki Murakami, will be screened after the awards ceremony. The 8-day ViFF will be held in the US cities of Irvine, Santa Ana and Los Angeles from April 4-7 and … [Read more...]

Expat Vietnamese director upbeat about young local filmmakers

He was the main lecturer during the "Gap go mua thu" (Meet the autumn) course last month in which he shared his passion, knowledge and experience on filmmaking to help the students improve their film projects.

Vietnamese-French film director Tran Anh Hung, who recently returned to Vietnam to teach a directing course to young local filmmakers, is optimistic about his young colleagues' potential. "Young people often raise many questions, and they expect good answers for them. I'm not sure if I was able to satisfy them all with my answers, but at least I created some space to share my thoughts and inspiration, which hopefully can help them in one way or another," shared Hung. The 52-year-old director remarked that unlike Bui Thac Chuyen and Phan Dang Di, who have gained worldwide attention with their films "Song trong so hai" (Living in fear) and "Bi, dung so" (Bi, don't be afraid) respectively, many of today's filmmakers are younger in age, have limited experience and are sometimes quite extreme in their approach. Hung added, "My job is to help them know which of their ideas are cinematic and which can set them in traps. Meanwhile, I really appreciate their youthfulness and extremity, … [Read more...]

Workshop for young filmmakers to run in Da Nang

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A program called "Gap go mua thu 2013" (Meeting the autumn 2013), to run in Da Nang city from Nov 3 to 8, will feature a workshop, which offers training and financial aid to aspiring young local filmmakers among other activities. According to director Phan Dang Di, who is known on the international arena for his film "Bi, don't be afraid", the organizers will limit the number of projects to six or seven each year. Special treatment, if any, will be for the young filmmakers in the central region, as they have limited filmmaking conditions compared to their colleagues in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The workshop will thus admit at least two projects from filmmakers in the central region each year, Di, the program advisor added. After completing the four-day workshop, each participating group has to hand in a clear script and feasible production plan. The organizers are seeking sponsorship to fund the three best projects. Apart from the workshop, the "Gap go mua thu 2013" program … [Read more...]

Vietnamese photographer wins international award

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Vietnamese photographer wins international award Vietnamese photographer Le Duy Hoang won third prize at the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) for his black-and-white photography. His winning photo depicted the joy of a group of Vietnamese fishermen coming back from a trip. It earned him prize-money of US$8,000. HIPA is an internationally-renowned photography award, launched in 2011 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The theme for this year's award was "The Beauty of Light". Even though it is still a new photo award, it has attracted the attention of many art lovers because of the money. Prize money totals $389,000. Osama Al Zubaidi from the United Arab Emirates won the Grand Prize worth $120,000. Open to both local and international photographers, the award reflects Dubai's commitment to artistic and cultural development. Photo Contest "Holland -Vietnam in your eyes" Launched The Consulate General … [Read more...]