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Dostoyevsky story hits the big screen

Update: April, 06/2015 - 08:24

Vietnamese-American director Le Van Kiet's latest film Diu Dang (Gentle) has been released recently in HCM City. — Photo thegioiteudung

HCM CITY (VNS) — Vietnamese-American director Le Van Kiet's latest film Diu Dang (Gentle) has been released recently in HCM City.

It is based on the 1876 short story A Gentle Creature written by the great Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky about the relationship between a pawnbroker and a girl who frequents his shop.

The story was inspired by a news report Dostoyevsky read about the suicide of a seamstress, which kept haunting him for a long time.

Kiet's film depicts the tragic love story of Thien (played by Vietnamese-American actor Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Linh (played by Nguyen Thanh Tu).

Its cinematographer is Emmanuel Machuel, who has filmed 35 films including La captive du desert, Paris Manhattan and Sex is Comedy.

Interestingly, his father was one of the producers of Une femme douce, a French version of A Gentle Creature, in 1969 starring Dominique Sanda and Guy Frangin.

He spent days working with Kiet to change the short story's Russian milieu to Vietnamese.

Kiet, who has a degree in moviemaking from the University of California, the US, last made the thriller Ngoi Nha Trong Hem (House in the Alley) starring Ngo Thanh Van and Tran Bao Son.

The film won for Van the best actress award at the Vietnamese International Film Festival held in Los Angeles in 2013 despite great competition.

It was distributed in both Viet Nam and the US. — VNS

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