Monday, August 1, 2005

Southeast Asia Film Festival, Sept 28-Oct 1

Following up the earlier news about the Vietnam film industry, comes news about some Vietnamese films being shown at at the 50th Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Malaysia on September 28-October 1.

The three films selected are Mua Len Trau (Buffalo Boy); Giai Phong Sai Gon (Sai Gon Liberation) and Chien Dich Trai Tim Ben Phai (The Right Heart Campaign).

While Vietnamese films aren't so popular in Vietnam, the state-run Vietnam News Agency is doing a good job at promoting films. Here's what it says:

Buffalo Boy, which has already participated in many international film festivals and won many prizes, is Viet Nam’s fondest hope.

Sai Gon Liberation, meanwhile, is a State-produced war movie, made over a period of nearly 13 years and contains footage of historical moments of the nation.
The Right Heart Campaign is a high school comedy that has already achieved commercial success in Viet Nam. It is about the relationship between a young teacher and a group of sometimes rebellious students.

Two documentary films – Nhung Neo Duong Cong Ly (Ways of Justice), directed by Lai Van Sinh, which was awarded a Golden Kite by the Viet Nam Cinematography Association, and Doi Muoi (The Life of Salt) – will also be sent to the film festival.

Ba Chiec Ghe (Three Chairs) and Nam Hat Ke (Five Grains of Millet) will compete for prizes in the cartoon category at the festival.

No word yet on films from Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. I'll try to keep an eye out.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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