|Celebrating cinema: A scene in the film Suối Đầu Nguồn. — Photo courtesy of the Cinema Department|
HÀ NỘI — A number of classic Vietnamese films will be screened for free to celebrate 65 years since the day President Hồ Chí Minh founded Việt Nam’s revolutionary cinema.
The film week will be organised on March 9-14 at the National Cinema Centre, Hà Nội, and Cinestar Hai Bà Trưng, HCM City. Free tickets can be collected at the cinemas.
The films to be presented range from old films such as Bao Giờ Cho Đến Tháng 10 (When Will October Come, 1984), Em Bé Hà Nội (Girl from Hà Nội, 1972) and Chị Tư Hậu (Mrs Tư Hâu, 1963) to films made more recently such as Đừng Đốt (Don’t Burn, 2009), Tôi thấy hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh (I See Yellow Flowers on Green Grass) and Em Chưa 18 (Jaibait, 2017).
The films cover topics like resistance, wartime, life during the đổi mới (renewal) era, and modern society. They all received awards and have been honoured at national and foreign film festivals.
For the occasion, the Department of Cinema has also released the film Suối Đầu Nguồn (The Headwaters) depicting the efforts of a mobile cinema group to present films for ethnic people in remote areas.
Director Nguyễn Anh Tuấn said the mobile cinema groups play an important role in bringing knowledge and promoting cultural and spiritual life to people in rural and mountainous regions.
“Thanks to them, people’s lives are enriched and they come closer to the Government’s policy,” he said.
The film stars veteran actor Bùi Bài Bình and young actors Nguyễn Xuân Luyện and Trần Anh Thư who are unfamiliar faces for audiences.
It will be screened at cinemas nationwide. — VNS