Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vietnam International Film Festival has Big Boy, Agrarian Utopia

The hip-hop dance drama Big Boy (บิ๊กบอย) is in competition in the first Vietnam International Film Festival, which starts today in the 1,000-year-old city of Hanoi.

There's also Uruphong Raksasad's brutal rice-growing documentary Agrarian Utopia, playing in the documentary competition. In light of recent news about rice exports, the Vietnamese might be smacking their lips over this film, seeing the state of Thai rice farming against their own.

Directed by Monthon Arayangkoon and starring Toni Rakkaen, veteran entertainer Setha Sirachaya and Rattanarat Eertaweekul, Big Boy is a coming-of-age drama about a young boy named Po who "fails at every turn in achieving his dreams." He goes to see his ballroom-dancer granddad, who looks down on his grandson's "lack of spirit and sees him as a loser". But the kid wants to be a B-boy dancer, and the granddad realizes that the boy's dream is also his from long ago.

It's in competition with the Break Up Club by Barbara Wong (Hong Kong), Ice Kacang Puppy Love by Aniu (Malaysia), The Lieutenant by Ha Son (Vietnam), The Fate of A Songstress in Thang Long by Dao Ba Son, Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng (Singapore), Hanamizuki by Nobuhiro Doi (Japan), The Dreamer by Riri Riza (Indonesia), Lao Wai by Fabien Gaillard (China) and The Red Shoes by Raul Jorolan (Philippines)

The Vietnam fest, making its debut in partnership with the Pusan International Film Festival, runs from October 17 to 21 in the capital city of Hanoi.

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