12 movies to compete for “Feature Length Film” award at 4th HANIFF

The film “Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh” (I see yellow flowers on the green grass) and the comedy film Trung so (Jackpot) will be submitted  in the category of “Feature Length Film” at the the 4th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF).

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The films will compete for the prize with 10 submissions from other countries.
While the Indian film, Birds with large wings by Dr. Biju won National Film Awards for Best film on Environment. The film Remember by Atom Egoyan of Canada received the Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards 2016 and the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award at Venice Film Festival 2015.

Marguerite by French director Xavier Giannoli got titles, Best Costume Design, Best Actress, Best Production Design, Best Sound at the César Awards 2016.

Ordinary people by Eduardo Roy Jr. scooped five major awards at the Philippine Independent Film Festival Awards, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, NETPAC Award and Best Editing.

Cemetery of splendour byThai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was named as the best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015, and was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

There are also Fundamentally Happy directed by Tan Bee Thiam and Lei Yuan Bin of Singapore, One way trip by director Choi Jeong – Yeol of South Korea, Iran’s Inadaptable by Ebrahim Ebrahimiyan, The green carriage by Russian director Oleg Asadulin of Russia, and Blossoming into a family by Hiroki Hayashi of Japan.


The movie “Trung so” (Jackpot) directed by Vietnamese-American Dustin Nguyen  won the Golden Kite Award 2015 and was represented Vietnam in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Annual Oscar Academy Awards.

The movie based on the true story is written by writer and playwright Nguyen Manh Tuan. The funny and touching story is about a girl selling lottery tickets in the Mekong Delta. She hands winning lottery tickets to a man who merely nods to buy them without paying her right away. She does that since he usually purchases the last tickets she has just before a lottery draw.

The film “Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh” (I see yellow flowers on the green grass), directed by Vietnamese American  Victor Vu, was listed among the top 10 outstanding cultural events in Vietnam and won the important Golden Lotus prize at the 19th Vietnam Film Festival last December and the Silver Kite award 2015 in April.

The movie also won Best Film at the TFF Kids International Film Festival 2016 in April and was screened at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in May. The picture will be submitted  in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Annual Oscar Academy Awards.

“Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh” which is regarded as the successful co-operation between the Vietnam Cinema Department and private enterprises, including Galaxy M&E, Saigon Concert and Phuong Nam Film becomes a cinematic phenomenon at the domestic box office, earning over VND80 billion (US$3.6 million).

The film is based on the hit novel, Toi thay hoa vang tren co xanh by Nguyen Nhat Anh, telling the childhood of two brothers in 1980s. Anh is a children’s bestselling author. His work hit bookstores during its first week of publication and a further 5,000 copies had to be reprinted.
About 550 movies from 40 countries and territories will join the 4th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) that will be scheduled on November 1-5.

A series of activities such as composition camp, film project market,  seminars on cooperation of production of films, connection of movie industries of  TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) 12 member nations and national characteristics in the movies.

A reputed international Jury Board will judge and award prizes in categories, including The Best Short Film, The Best Director, The Best Actor, The Best Actress, The Best Director for Short Film, The Netpac Prize, The Special Jury Award For Feature Length Film And The Special Jury Award For Short Film.

The film fest will open at the National Cinema Center on November 1 and close at the Friendship Cultural Palace on November 5. The ceremonies will be broadcast live on VTV1 and VTV2 channels.

By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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