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. … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese film festival underway in France

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Vietnamese actors and actresses at the festival. Photo: VNA … [Read more...]

French cinema goers enjoy new Vietnamese films

Popular: Poster of the first Vietnamese Film Festival in Saint Malo, France. The six-day event features 15 movies of different genres.

HA NOI (VNS) - Vietnamese films in different genres are being screened at the first Vietnamese Film Festival in the port city of Saint Malo in France. … [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 … [Read more...]

Vietnam Film Festival to open in France

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(Cinet)- A Vietnam Film Festival will be held in the coastal city of Saint Malo, France from July 1-6 as part of activities celebrating the Vietnam Year in France. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Madake holds chill-out movie night

Madake Bar at 81 Xuan Dieu Street kicks off a new weekly movie screening tonight. The Scent of Green Papaya by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung will be shown in the bar's garden starting at 8pm. The movie will be presented in Vietnamese with English subtitles. Following screenings every Thursday night will feature other Vietnamese and classic cult movies. Free entrance. — VNS … [Read more...]