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A Quartet of Vietnamese Films Showing for ASEAN Film Awareness Month

For the ASEAN Film Awareness Month this March, Vietnam has offered four of its films, three by accomplished filmmaker and Fulbright scholarship recipient, Trung Hai Bui, and one by famous commercial director and TV show commentator, Le Hoang. With a history of focusing on nationalist and documentary films, the Vietnamese film industry currently focuses on commercial efforts, though there are many artistic and social realist works in creation.


Film still from When Autumn Sunlight Come


One of Trung Hai Bui’s films screening in March is When Autumn Sunlight Comes (original title: Khi Nắng Thu Về). The Worldfest Houston Golden Remi Award-winning feature film is about a down-on-his-luck college graduate whose professional career and personal life have taken a nosedive following a bout of misfortunes. Just when the graduate thinks he’s at his lowest, he finds hope in romance when he meets bar owner Ha—but he soon realizes that his happiness and good luck may be short-lived.


Film still from Summer Rain


Film still from David and Luisa


Similarly scoping out the landscape of love are the director’s short films, Summer Rain and David and Luisa. Made a decade earlier than the other, Summer Rain looks into the mind of a young woman who discovers her fiancee’s affair. Having moved to Ho Chi Minh to be wed, she moves back to her native Hanoi, where she bumps into an ex-lover. Bronze Remi Award winner David and Luisa, made by the director while studying in the US, follows two acting students, one of whom falls for the other, putting into perspective the reality on stage and off it.



The last of the Vietnamese works, Le Hoang’s Hot Sand is about the conflict of commerce and the environment. The film follows a couple of resort owners, Tuyet and Nam, who are looking to find other locations to expand their business. Chancing upon a seaside locale, he also encounters a young girl, Cat, whose expertise and passion for the lizards in the area push her to convince the young entrepreneurs to reconsider.

The films will be shown free of charge along with other Southeast Asian film selections from March 1 to April 3, 2016, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, and screen with English subtitles.Certain films will be shown at an outdoor screenings, and some will be graced by the presence of their filmmakers for a Q&A session. Film schedules and details are available on our social media channels and on the FDCP website, http://www.fdcp.ph/contents/view?id=cinemathequemanila.

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