HCM CITY (VNS) — Luong Dinh Dung's first feature film, Cha Cong Con (Father Carries Son), featuring a father's love, will be screened this year after four years of preparation.
One of the country's few independent film directors, Dung submitted his script to Pilar Alessandra, a Hollywood screenwriter who once worked for the US-based DreamWorks Studios.
Dung met the writer in HCM City in 2012 when he participated in a three-day film training course taught by Hollywood filmakers, including Alessandra.
Alessandra, who rewrote the screenplay based on Dung's work, said the story "touched my soul".
The idea for the movie originated from Dung's childhood memories.
It features the short life of Ca, a boy living in a fishing village, who suffers from a life-threatening disease His father, a poor fisherman, works hard to earn money to pay for his medical bills.
The film's cinematographer Cordelia Beresford was successful in capturing beautiful scenes of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups in Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story), a film produced by Viet Nam Film Studio in 2006.
Dung said the film would be screened in late September in Ha Giang, Ha Noi and HCM City. — VNS