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VN films go to Australia fest

Update: July, 15/2006 - 00:00

VN films go to Australia fest

(15-07-2006)

Vietnamese-French film director Nguyen Viet Linh is set to screen her films at the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) Festival slated for late this year in Brisbane, Australia.

Viet Linh, whose films have premiered in France and Switzerland, will attend the festival and screen four of her most famous and critically-lauded films, including Me Thao – Thoi Vang Bong (Glorious Time in Me Thao Hamlet), Chung Cu (Communal Living Quarters), Dau An Cua Quy (The Devil Sign), and Ganh Xiec Rong (The Itinerant Circus).

In 2003, Glorious Time in Me Thao Hamlet won the Rosa Camuna award at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy, and Communal Living Quarters was awarded the Jury Special prize for best director at the Namur International Film Festival in Belgium.

The Itinerant Circus won the Grand Prix award at the Fribourg Third World Film Festival in Switzerland, the Audience Award at the Uppsala International Film Festival in Sweden, and First Prize at the Madrid Women’s Film Festival in Spain.

Viet Linh is the first Vietnamese director to be featured at the APT festival, and her films are rare examples of Vietnamese films garnering international attention.

"I am very happy to be able to promote Vietnamese culture worldwide. Although I haved lived abroad for years, I still cherish my origins and enjoy the privilege of being a Vietnamese director able to introduce Vietnamese films to the world," Linh said.

The APT festival, which began in 1993, will feature some 30-35 artists and film directors this year. — VNS

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