Vietnamese movie to compete at 2019 Berlin Int’l Film Festival

Vietnamese movie, Mot Khu Dat Tot (Blessed Land) by director Pham Ngoc Lan will compete in the Berlinale Shorts category at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held in Germany from February 7-17.

A scene in the film, Mot Khu Dat Tot (Blessed Land)

A scene in the film, Mot Khu Dat Tot (Blessed Land)

The cinematic work is one of the 24 films from 17 countries to compete for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award, and the “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.
The 19-minute black-and-white film tells about two stories that occur at the same location 10 years apart. A mother and son look for the father’s tomb at a cemetery where has been turned into a golf course 10 years later, seeing a talk between a rich man and his secret mistress.
Lan’s film project won top prize at the 2018 CJ Short Film Project. The director receive cash prize of VND200 million to turn his idea into a film.
Pham Ngoc Lan graduated from Hanoi Architectural University in 2009. His movie, "Cu Li Never Cries" was chosen for the L'Atelier Cinefondation at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival while the film, “Another City” won the special mention prize for short fiction at the International Shorts Competition, Indie Lisboa International Film Festival 2016, Lisbon, Portugal and Uppsala Award ‘In Memory of Ingmar Bergman’ at the International Shorts Competition, Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2016 in Sweden.

By HAI DUY – Translated by Kim Khanh

Other news