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The Way Station won big at ASEAN Film Festival

Update: May, 08/2017 - 18:30
(from the left) Female director Hồng Ánh, actress Ngọc Thanh Tâm and AIFFA 2017 Best Actor Phạm Hồng Phước, of Đảo Của Dân Ngụ Cư, at the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards on May 6. Courtesy Photo of Blue Productions
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese movie Đảo của Dân Ngụ Cư (The Way Station) won Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director of Photography award in ASEAN International Films Festival & Awards (AIFFA) 2017 held in Malaysia on May 6.

“I am very happy that my first film, a representative for Việt Nam in the competition had eight important nominations, making it the film with most nominations in AIFFA this year. This is a huge happiness for me and a pride of the film crew. All our efforts and dedication have been recognised. I expect the film to be more warmly received and welcomed by Việt Nam movie experts and audience,” said director Hồng Ánh.

The movie, directed by Hồng Ánh surpassed 109 movie entries across the region and hit the record nominations in eight key categories which included Best Film, Best Director (Hồng Ánh), Best Actress (Ngọc Thanh Tâm), Best Actor (Phạm Hồng Phước), Best Actress in Supporting Role (Ngọc Hiệp), Best Screenplay (writer Nguyễn Quang Lập), Best Director of Photography (Lý Thái Dũng) and Best Film Editing (Julie Béziau).

The Way Station is adapted from Đỗ Phước Tiến’s story titled Đảo Của Dân Ngụ Cư (The Island of Aliens) written in 1992. It was translated into French and English. Famed writer Nguyễn Quang Lập wrote the movie script in 1996.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Phước, a restaurant chef’s assistant, who portrays the desperation of the characters in their search for happiness. The other characters include a Chinese-Vietnamese businessman and his daughter, an Indian-Vietnamese businessman and a Khmer from the south of Việt Nam.

It takes place in a restaurant called White Night, which is almost a character in itself, observing everyone inside including the owner, and their old-fashioned arbitrary way of thinking.

The film takes the audience through the lives of people from around the country who gather in a little village by the sea. It depicts the confusion and uncertainty of their journeys to find happiness and meaning.

The Way Station marked actress Hồng Ánh’s debut in her director role.

After AIFFA 2017, The Way Station will be screened in Cannes Festival Film 2017’s Việt Nam Night event in May 20 and Việt Nam Film Week in Barcelona in May 25. — VNS


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