|A scene in the film Actress Wanted by Vietnamese-American director Nguyễn Đức Minh. The film stars Thiên Nguyễn (left) and Long Nguyễn, winners of the Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor, respectively, at the Việt Film Fest 2018 organised by the Vietnamese-American Arts and Letters Association last month. (Photo courtesy of the producer)|
HCM CITY— Actress Wanted, a film about Vietnamese-American women, winner of top prizes at the Viet Film Fest 2018 in California, will open in cinemas in Việt Nam later this month.
The 96-minute film portrays the life of a woman who pursues her dream of being a movie star in the US.
It stars Thiên Nguyễn and Long Nguyễn, who won the Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor, respectively, at Viet Film Fest 2018 organised by Vietnamese-American Arts and Letters Association last month.
Viet Film Fest 2018 featured 30 entries, including 17 short films, by filmmakers living in the US, Europe, Canada, Malaysia and Việt Nam.
Seminars and forums on Vietnamese films were included during the event that attracted 3,500 attendees.
Actress Wanted was also nominated in the Best Feature Film category.
The film is the second feature production by Vietnamese-American director Nguyễn Đức Minh, a graduate in scriptwriting at the University of Southern California.
Minh’s first film, Touch, released in 2011, was about the love story of a Vietnamese-American manicurist and an American mechanic.
Touch won several top prizes at film festivals in the US, including Best Actress at the Boston International Film Festival 2011 and Best First Feature at the Santa Rosa International Film Festival in California in 2012.
"Women are the perfect theme for my films," said director Minh.
Actress Wanted will open in cinemas in Hà Nội, HCM City and Đà Nẵng on November 23. — VNS