Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese actress Nhã Phương has appeared at the Cannes Film Festival to screen short film Infill & Full Set at Festival Corner.
The film is the first short that Phương has produced. She also plays the main role. The 14-minute film is about a Vietnamese woman who immigrates to Britain illegally. She is pregnant and doesn’t know which way to turn. She has to use false identification to try to get employed at a nail salon, but unfortunately, on her first test day her services get her into trouble.
"The short film brings me to Cannes," said the actress. "I have a chance to meet and get experiences from filmmakers from over the world. I hope to get access to new perspectives and unique filming styles. I aim to use this to be able to set my own path in the industry."
Phương generally tries to work on films centered on women. As a woman, she sympathises with the pain that many unlucky women have to go through in life. This is the first time that she’s played the role of a pregnant woman.
Phương is a popular actress in Việt Nam. She was a graduate of the HCM City University of Theatre & Cinematography and began her career three years ago making television series and short films. Her works have won acclaim from young audiences. Her latest motion pictures, Yêu Đi Đừng Sợ (Kiss and Spell) and Lôi Báo ((In the Storm), were big hits last year.
Kiss and Spell earned her the best actress in a leading role of feature film award at the Gold Kite Awards by the Việt Nam Cinematography Association.
At the invitation of the organisation, the actress will also attend sideline events for producers including workshops, meet and greets, and parties at Cannes.
Infill & Full Set was made by director Đào Đức Hải as a project for his masters degree in art film graduation from the faculty of arts and creative industries, Middlesex University in London.
Two Vietnamese short films, Turtle Soup by Yeti team and 16.30 by Trần Dũng Thanh Huy were selected to be screened at Festival Corner in 2012-13. This year, other short film Pas D’yeux (Faceless) by Nguyễn Phan Thảo Đan will also be screened at the corner. Hai Phượng (Furie) is on sale at the film market in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival 2018. — VNS