Vietnamese film wins Italian int’l film award

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The film, “Dao cua dan ngu cu” (The Island of Aliens or The Way Station) by director Hong Anh was honored with the prestigious Efebo D’Oro Miglior film tratto da un libro (Best film based on a book) title at the International Efebo d'Oro (Golden Efebo) Award’s presentation ceremony which ended in Palermo, Italia on November 11.

At the award ceremony

At the award ceremony

Launched in 1978 by the Research Centre for Cinema and Narrative, the Efebo d’Oro is awarded to successful book adaptations. The prize has been officially recognized also by the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Every year, the Efebo d’Oro awards a filmmaker for the best film based on a literary work. The Efebo is recognized to be a cultural initiative of the utmost interest that focuses on the long-standing relationship between cinema and literature, with the contribution of artists, filmmakers, actors and screenwriters.
The Way Station was also honored with the Best Story at the 58th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan (China) in September. Actress Ngoc Thanh Tam who landed the lead role in the film also grabbed the Special Jury Award for Best Actress.
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the Eurasia International Film Festival 2017; the “Best film” Award and “Best Actor” for Pham Hong Phuoc and “Best Director of Photography” for People’s Artists Ly Thai Dung at the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA Award) 2017 in Malaysia. It also was screened at the Vietnam Night in the 70th Cannes Film Festival and during Vietnamese movie week in Spain in May, 2017.
The movie is adapted from writer Do Phuoc Tien’s story titled “Dao cua dan ngu cu” (The Island of Aliens) depicting the confusion and uncertainty of the characters in their journey to look for happiness and the meaning of life.

By HAI DUY – Translated by Kim Khanh

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