Berlin festival to show local film
HA NOI — The movie Hot Boy Noi Loan, Cau Chuyen ve Thang Cuoi, Co Gai Diem va Con Vit (Lost in Paradise) by director Vu Ngoc Dang will be screened at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 9-19 in Berlin.
Dang's latest film is the first Vietnamese production to feature a positive view of homosexual life. It will be shown as part of the festival's Panorama category, for films courting controversial subjects such as violence and homosexuality, while portraying a special artistic effect.
The film gives prominence to humanity through two separate stories. The first depicts a love triangle between three gays. The second concerns a friendship between mentally handicapped man with a prostitute. They have their own dreams, emotions and love, like others.
The film received critical acclaim and commercial success in Viet Nam, and has been shown at several international festivals from which it has garnered mixed reviews.
Lost in Paradise was screened at the Toronto film festival last year, then shown in Vancouver (Canada), and Pusan (South Korea). The Berlin Festival is the film's first venue in Europe.
In Viet Nam, the film won many prestigious awards, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cameraman at the National Film Festival last year. — VNS