Hanoi, HCMC to host UK film festival

“Looking for Eric,” Ken Loach’s comedy about a postman who gets lessons in living from French football star Eric Cantona, will kick off a festival of British films in Hanoi December 11.

Scarlett Johansson (L) and Hugh Jackman in the Woody Allen’s film “Scoop”.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the event begins on the same day with Hollywood legend Woody Allen’s film “Scoop” featuring Scarlett Johansson.

The two movies were respectively nominees for the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival earlier this year and the 2008 Goya Award for Best European Film.

“Somers Town” by Shane Meadows, a nominee at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards, and Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky,” which won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress for Sally Hawkins at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, will be screened.

Bui Thac Chuyen’s Vietnamese film Choi voi (Adrift), which won the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival, will also be shown.

In Hanoi the festival will take place at the Hanoi Cinematheque, 22 A Hai Ba Trung Street, from December 11 to 16.

In Ho Chi Minh City it will be at Galaxy cinema, 230 Nguyen Trai Street, from December 11 to 17.

Free tickets for the films will be available from December 7 at the venues and the British Council, 20 Thuy Khue, Hanoi, and 25 Le Duan, HCMC.

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Kim Khanh

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