Movie By Vietnamese Female Director Wins Prize At Busan International Film Festival
|Nguyen Phan Linh Dan at a film studio. Photo Suc Khoe Doi Song|
Dan’s project won the Artekino International Award presented by the the Asian Project Market (APM) as part of the 26th Busan International Film Festival 2021.
She received a 7,000 USD prize from the organiser. Her project competed with 24 projects from artists from 14 countries, Vietnam News Agency reported.
‘If wood could cry, it would cry blood’ is the first film by young director Dan.
It was based on the novel Tam Van Phong Dao (Knife Throwing Game) by veteran writer and theatre actor Mac Can.
The book was released in 2005 and tells the story of magicians working in a mobile circus troupe in the southern region.
It also highlights southern culture and lifestyle.
|The cover of Tam Van Phong Dao (Knife Throwing Game), a novel by veteran writer-theatre actor Mac Can. Photo courtesy of Tre Publishing House|
Director Dan took part in the 2019 Busan Film Festival in her role as cinematography director for the movie Bi mat cua gio (The Secret of the Wind) directed by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh, who is Dan’s father.
Bi mat cua gio was presented in the category “A Window on Asian Cinema”.
|Nguyen Phan Linh Dan and her father, Nguyen Phan Quang Binh. Photo Suc Khoe Doi Song|
|Nguyen Phan Linh Dan and Quoc Anh, an actor of Bi Mat Cua Gio. Photo Phu Nu Vietnam|
Dan plans to return to the festival this year as a film director. This is Dan’s first time as a director for a movie, after making a number of music videos, commercials and short film projects.
|Nguyen Phan Linh Dan graduated from the faculty of Film and Television at the New York University in the US. Her movie, Lost, participated in the category of Short film corner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. |
Director Dan has worked for film projects of BHD, one of the country’s leading film producers and cinema owners.
Two Vietnamese films competed at the Asian Project Market at this year’s Busan International Film Festival, including ‘Memento Mori: Water by director Marcus Manh Cuong Vu.
The 2021 Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Project Market, the largest investment and co-production market in Asia, selected 25 final selections from 15 different countries!
Asian Project Market 2021, which aims to encourage and bring young film directors, producers and investors together, opened for three days from October 12-14 and was held online for international directors, producers and investors of the projects.
Organizers report a total of 100 participants from 91 organizations conducted 515 official business meetings during the event, Sai Gon Giai Phong reported.
The film festival wrapped with the top Busan Award going to Jero Yun’s Secret Of My Father. The organizer also revealed other winners, including Kamila Andini who took the CJ ENM Award for the film “Before, Now & Then”, Lim Sun-ae got the KB Award for the film “Fixed Love, Fixed Girl”, Hsieh Pei-Ju received the NUTRILITE Award for the movie “Lives of Crime”, Abinash Bikram Shah received the Pop Up Film Residency Award for the film “Elephants in the Fog”, Kim Bora got the MONEFF Award for the movie “Spectrum “.
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