Vietnam Wins Award at ASEAN International Film Festival
Two Vietnamese movies, namely "Memento Mori: Dat" (Memento: Earth) and "Dem Toi Ruc Ro" (The Brilliant Darkness), have been nominated in four categories of the AIFFA 2023. "Memento Mori: Dat" received nominations as best actress for Nguyen Hai Yen and best director of cinematography for Tran Ngoc Khuyen while "Dem Toi Ruc Ro" were nominated for best screenplay for Nha Uyen and best supporting actress for Kim B.
Out of the four nominations, Vietnamese actress Kim B of the movie "Dem Toi Ruc Ro" (The Brilliant Darkness) won the title of "Best Supporting Actress” award at the Asean International Films Festival & Awards (AIFFA 2023) that took place from August 2-4 in Kuching, Sarawak, VNA reported.
She has participated in makeup in famous film projects including "Kong: Skull Island" by director Jordan Roberts - a famous Hollywood movie set in Vietnam. Kim B's role as Kim Bao in "Brilliant Night" is her first role in the film industry.
|Director Aron Toronto and screenwriter Nha Uyen receive the award on behalf of Kim B. Photo provided by the Organising Committee|
The movie opens at the funeral of a grandfather whose family members believe left them a fortune. But his children find out that their father lost the fortune gambling, and the mafia is coming to collect the debt. They must pay by sunrise, or else there will be another funeral.
"Dem Toi Ruc Ro" also won Best Story and Best Performance (female) awards at the 2022 Santa Fe Film Festival Award in February in New Mexico.
|Actress Hong Anh (R) and Livan Tajang, director of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA)|
Actress and director Hong Anh is the only Vietnamese representative on the jury at the festival together with other members including U-Wei Bin Haji Saari from Malaysia, Ihsan Nurullah Kabil from Turkey, Viva Westi from Indonesia, and Effendee Mazlan from Malaysia.
At this year's AIFFA, the “Best Film” award was given to "Barbarian Invasion" by female director Chui Mun Tan from Malaysia. Previously, it won the Jury Grand Prix in the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival Golden Goblet Awards in 2021.
AIFFA 2023 also presented the "ASEAN Inspiration" award to movie and music star Bi Rain from the Republic of Korea (RoK).
Up to 120 films from filmmakers across countries in the region were sent to the AIFFA 2023. The jury had to select 34 films for an official competition round.
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