Experimental films portray family life

November 07, 2019 - 00:00


A series of experimental films on family topic by Tạ Minh Đức will be presented by Manzi Art Space on November 10.

HÀ NỘI — Manzi Art Space will present three volumes of Tạ Minh Đức's series of experimental films on Sunday.

Đức began this series of films as a self-assigned exercise to practice observation, as well as to try different methods of film-making when he was a student of the Hà Nội Academy of Theatre and Cinema.

He decided to choose the theme of family. At first, the series aimed to portray a family and its members, and each volume would delve into a family member.

However, as he made the films, each followed a different path, sometimes completely different from his initial plan, and they do not revolve only around the family members.

While Film No. 1 (2013) introduces a physical space – a tube house – and its impact on the relationships of the family members; in Film No. 2 (2016), the mother figure, as well as the scene of the school, emerges and eludes in the fever of the protagonist.

As an adult, the son in Film No. 3 (2018) takes up the responsibility of preparing for the funeral of his dog.

All films are in Vietnamese with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

The free screening will be at 4.30pm. Manzi Art Space is at No 2 Hàng Bún Alley, Ba Đình District. - VNS