arts • 06 Mar, 2017
Two Vietnamese Films Selected for Cannes Atelier 2017
‘Cu Li’ and ‘Taste’ to be part of development program for young filmmakers
Pham Ngoc Lan (Cu Li) and Le Bao (Taste) will travel to Cannes in May to a take part in several workshops aimed at exposing young filmmakers to producers, distributors and potential financiers as part of the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
‘Cu Li’ tells the story of a middle aged Vietnamese woman who travels to europe to return the ashes of her husband home, and is produced by Phan Dang Ri, who was the first Vietnamese filmmaker successfully chosen to be part of the L’Atelier Cinefondation support program at Cannes.
‘Taste’ is a short film by Le Bao, a director born in the 1990s and a previous winner at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2016. The film centres on a young Nigerian footballer who gets injured and is forced to make ends meet doing a variety of odd jobs.
“This is an extraordinary achievement for the Vietnamese film industry,” Le Hong Lam, a local well-known film critic and journalist said in a Facebook post Saturday, and he hailed what he called ‘a new generation of Vietnamese filmmakers’ "who never went to film school but learn through their passion and from experienced colleagues in the school of life.”
Thirteen other films from around the world were also selected to take part in the development program from May 17-28.
A scene from 'Cu Li'
A scene from 'Taste'
Words by AA