Two Vietnamese Films Compete in First ASEAN Film Festival
|“I See Yellow Flowers on Green Grass” is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of a girl. Photo: Galaxy Studio|
The festival, taking place from August 4-19, is organized by the Hong Kong-ASEAN Association, the Consulates General of ASEAN countries in Hong Kong, and partners, according to VietnamPlus.
The cultural event aims to introduce the diverse beauty in culture and customs of the ASEAN community to Hong Kong audiences through stories in the film and help them further understand Southeast Asian culture, thus promoting cultural exchanges and deepening cultural and economic ties between the two sides.
A total of 14 works from eight ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore are screened at M Cinema, The Sky và The Miller Theatre (Asia Society Hong Kong).
Vietnamese Consul General in Hong Kong Pham Binh Dam said that the participation of Vietnamese films in the festival is an effort to implement cultural diplomacy and promote the country and the people of Vietnam. The films will inspire people to visit Vietnam for tourism or business.
Based on the novel by best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh, “I See Yellow Flowers on Green Grass”, directed by Vietnamese-American Victor Vu, is set in the mid-1980s in a small village, telling the story of two young brothers who share everything, but compete for the affection of a girl, Viet Nam News said.
|The film I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass has won many domestic and international awards. Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn|
It has won a number of domestic and international prizes, including the “Best Film” title at the TFF Kids International Film Festival 2016 and the reputable “Bong Sen Vang” (Golden Lotus) prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival in 2015. The movie also bagged the “Best Film” award at the second Silk Road International Film Festival.
"Yen’s Life", directed by Dinh Tuan Vu and produced by the Vietnam Feature Film Studio, is about the life of a 10-year-old girl whose marriage was arranged by her parents.
|A scene in the film "Yen's Life". Photo: dangcongsan.vn|
It stars Do Thuy Hang as the protagonist Yen and actors Lam Tung and Minh Huong.
It won the Grand Festival Prize at the World Premieres Film Festival in the Philippines in 2016.
In 2015, the film won five prizes - the Silver Lotus Award, best actress in a leading role, best music score, best cinematography and best production design, at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival.
|"Yen’s Life" is about the life of a 10-year-old girl whose marriage was arranged by her parents. Photo: danviet.vn|
AFF is a non-profit initiative to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture through the art of storytelling through films, according to the website aseanfilmfest.org.
AFF aims to be a premier event anchored in Hong Kong SAR to showcase a curated selection of films of various genres by some of Southeast Asia’s most eminent filmmakers./.
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