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VN filmmakers head to Busan

Update: September, 23/2015 - 08:30

Young thespians: Director Tran Dung Thanh Huy with children actors of the short film, 16.30. His movie, The Lottery Boy, was selected for the 2015 Asian Project Market (APM) in South Korea. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Movies by budding filmmakers Do Quoc Trung and Tran Dung Thanh Huy were selected for the 2015 Asian Project Market (APM) in South Korea.

The APM is part of the 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 to 10. Thirty movies were selected from 15 countries to participate in the APM.

Trung's project entitled Cha Cha Cha while Huy's named Thang Rom (The Lottery Boy) will have chance to grab one of the seven awards at the market including Busan Award worth US$20,000.

The projects are first motion pictures by Trung and Huy both at age 25.

Trung studied filmmaking at Ha Noi Theatre and Cinema College. His short films Ca Chuoi won the best Southeast Asian film at Chatomuk Short Film Festival 2013 in Cambodia while his Dong Vao Mo Ra (Close, Open) won Golden Award at the REC Film Festival 2014 in Germany.

The Cha Cha Cha project was a pitch at the Autumn Meeting for young and independent filmmakers held in central Da Nang City last year.

"After one year, the script has been completed and I understand and have clear imaginary about it," said Trung.

"I will try to show unique of my project to investors at the Busan's APM making it highlighted among others. I have to convince them that I profoundly understand about my project of first motion picture," he said.

The Cha Cha Cha is about old, young people, loneliness and rising which have made Trung obsessive during his youth.

Huy's The Lottery Boy is the story of a young boy selling lottery tickets to make ends meet in a poor neighbourhood in a big city.

The idea for the film comes from his short film 16.30 which won the Best Short Film at the 2012 Golden Kite Awards launched by Viet Nam Cinematography Association and attended at the Cannes 2013's Short Film Corner.

"I will help investors to get know Vietnamese culture and people through my project," said Huy. "I think it depends on many things to win award or to have cash from the investors."

Huy was already making waves in the industry when just a student at the HCM College of Theatre and Cinema Arts. His film Duong Bi (Path of the Marble) won Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Props at the 48 Hour film Festival in HCM City in 2011.

The Lottery Boy script won the first prize at the Ha Noi Spring 2015 Film Workshop which earned him a special five-day training programme in Los Angeles, the US in November.

APM 2015 will take place for 3 days starting on Sunday, October 4 to Tuesday, October 6 at the BEXCO Exhibition Centre II, Hall 4.

Two movies Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories by Phan Dang Di and Quyen by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh will compete at the festival's A Window on Asian Cinema category.

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories is the second independent film by Di. It tells the story of young people trying to scrape together a living on HCM City's mean streets and even allowing themselves to be sterilised for cash in their desperation.

It was premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), becoming the first Vietnamese film to compete for the top prize at the film fest.

Di won prizes at the APM last year for his next film Tiec Trang Tron (Full-Moon Party) and in 2007 for his first motion picture Bi, Don't Be Afraid.

Movie Quyen by filmmaker Binh is a story of Quyen, a native of Ha Noi. She follows her husband, a well-educated man, to Germany with a desire for a better life.

The attractions of Quyen are not only the breathtakingly beautiful scenes filmed on the snow-covered Mountain Zugspitze or the beautiful scenes shot in Berlin, but also the scenes showing the plight of Vietnamese communities after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that greatly influenced the lives of thousands of overseas Vietnamese people.

It was adapted from novel Quyen by Nguyen Van Tho. The book had won Viet Nam Writers Association's Second Prize in the novel category during the 2006-09 period. — VNS

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