ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 15/1

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Dr Kim Hong awarded First Mrs. World Dr Doan Thi Kim Hong has been given "First Mrs. World" title for her active contribution to the Mrs. World Organization. This was confirmed by Mrs. World Organisation Chairman David Z. Marmel in a letter to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh. Hong is the first woman in the world has been honoured with this title. She was overwhelmingly voted in the Mrs. World pageant in India in 2005. Four years later, she helped … [Read more...]

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War film honoured in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS)- The award-winning-movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Art and Literature Association at an awards ceremony held on Saturday. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been … [Read more...]

War film honoured at an award ceremony

HA NOI (VNS)- The award-winning-movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) has just won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Vietnamese Art and Literature Association. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been highly appreciated. … [Read more...]

“The Scent of Burnt Grass” wins the 2012 Vietnam Literature and Arts Award

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(Cinet)- Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Art and Literature Association at an awards ceremony held on January 12. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been highly appreciated. I'm … [Read more...]

Resistance war vestiges on display in Hanoi

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More than a thousand artifacts relating to the resistance wars waged against the French and the Americans are on display at the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi. Kerosene lamps made from grenade and bomb casings … [Read more...]

Hanoi screens select national film fest entries

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Feature films competing at the 17th Vietnam National Film Festival in the central coastal province of Phu Yen in mid-December are being screened in Hanoi this week. A scene from Mui co chay (the smell of the burning grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi, one of 108 entries at this year's National Film Festival. … [Read more...]

Vietnam film in Academy Awards

A scene in the "Mui Co Chay". Photo: VnExpress

The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Vietnam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). The movie tells a story of four students in 1971 who join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the central Vietnam. It was selected for … [Read more...]

Viet Nam film in Academy Awards

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HA NOI (VNS)— The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Viet Nam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). … [Read more...]

Viet Nam film nominated for Academy Award

HA NOI – (VNS) The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Viet Nam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). The movie tells a story of four students in 1971 who join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. It … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 11/12

Korean and Vietnamese speaking contest launched in HCM City The contest has provided Vietnamese people an opportunity to show their Korean speaking skills as well as giving a chance for students from the Republic of Korea (RoK) to speak Vietnamese friends' mother tongue. The final round of the competition was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10 with 25 Vietnamese and Korean contestants selected from 564 entries in the previous rounds. Nguyen Phuong Y, a Vietnamese student from the HCM … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/12

Hanoi to host night of Korean opera A grand night of opera and classical music featuring leading artists from South Korea and Vietnam will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on December 17. Korean conductor Lim Jun Oh will lead his compatriots, including violin soloist Jae Jin Park, tenor Chang Jin Gyu and soprano Chang Eun Yong. They will be accompanied by Vietnamese artists Tam Ngoc on the piano and Minh Chinh on the violin as they perform international and Korean masterpieces. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam Film Festival’s free screening wraps up

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The free screening of 17 movies taking part in the 17th Vietnam Film Festival to be held next week in Phu Yen Province concluded Thursday in Hanoi. Audience at the "Tam hon me" screeningPhoto: Tuoitre A considerable number of audiences showed up to see Vietnam's best movies in the past 2 years. These include Huu Muoi's "Mui co chay" (The Smell of Burnt Grass), which is based on Vietnam's best-selling war diary "Mai mai tuoi 20" (Forever 20) by American War veteran Nguyen Van … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 5/12

Promoting cultural exchange between Vietnam and RoK Famous Korean and Vietnamese artists gathered for a concert in Hanoi on December 3 to promote the image of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Vietnam. The concert, sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi, aims to strengthen cultural exchange between the two countries. Korean artists at the concert, including Tenor Park Seong Min, pianist Choo Eun Yeong, Soprano Cho Hye Ryeong and cellist Joo Hye Young, were trained at the world's … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Music Day to be celebrated

A variety of performances will be held in 13 cities and provinces across the country on September 3-4 to celebrate Vietnamese Music Day. A gala opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on September 3 at the Vietnam Song and Dance Theatre. The ceremony will include classical and contemporary music performances and five choir performances by 40 music lovers from the Hanoi Music Association under the baton of conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa. Notably, the music day celebration will feature an … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Music Day to kick off this weekend

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A variety of performances will be held in 13 cities and provinces across the country on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Vietnamese Music Day. A gala opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on Saturday at the Vietnam Song and Dance Theatre. The ceremony will include classical and contemporary music performances and five choir performances by 40 music lovers from the Hanoi Music Association under the baton of conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa. Notably, the music day celebration will feature an … [Read more...]

Comic book series on President Ho released

VietNamNet Bridge - The Kim Dong Publishing House has published the first five instalments of a comic strip series on the late President Ho Chi Minh as part of its activities to mark National Day on September 2. The comics will be a series of 20 books titled Bac Ho Song Mai (Uncle Ho Lives Forever), to acquaint young readers with the leader's life and revolutionary career. They will also feature stories about the President's interaction with children. The books will contain colourful images … [Read more...]

Writer publishes war notes, diaries

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A compilation of war diaries and notes, entitled From Military Zone 5, was recently published by the Literature Publishing House. The book is based on writer Phan Tu's experiences in Military Zone 5, which stretched from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh Province, during the period of 1962-75. Content covers Tu's leaving the popularisation and training section of Military Zone 5 in order to enforce the liberation of the central province of Quang Nam until his return to Hanoi. Tu wrote his notes and … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 28/7

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Writer publishes war notes, diaries diaries A compilation of war diaries and notes, entitled From Military Zone 5, was recently published by the Literature Publishing House. The book is based on writer Phan Tu's experiences in Military Zone 5, which stretched from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh Province, during the period of 1962-75. Content covers Tu's leaving the popularisation and training section of Military Zone 5 in order to enforce the liberation of the central province of Quang Nam until his … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese celebrate Xmas in Berlin

An art performance for overseas Vietnamese to celebrate Christmas 2009 was held at the Vietnam Trade, Investment, Culture and Tourism Promotion Centre (VietHaus-AG) in Berlin, Germany, on December 24. Present at the event were the Vietnamese ambassador to Germany, Do Hoa Binh, his wife, embassy staff, representatives of various associations, and nearly 400 overseas Vietnamese living in Berlin and neighbouring areas. The performance attracted composer Phu Quang in the hot seat and an art … [Read more...]

VN war films battle with small budgets

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Insufficient funding and budgets are worrying the directors of two of three war films approved for production. The movies, Forever 20 Years Old, If I Had Been Alive and Legend Writers have been approved but only the director of the latter, Bui Tien Dung, is happy with funding for the State-ordered film. "With a grant of about VND15 billion (US$834,000), I don't have to worry about money. I will just concentrate on the film quality." Dung said many people in the industry agree any film … [Read more...]