Vietnamese film Father and Son wins three international awards


Update: May, 09/2017 – 17:00

The Vietnamese film Cha Cõng Con (Father and Son), directed by Lương Đình Dũng, won the Best Cinematography award at the 17th Milano International Film Festival (MIFF). — Photo from facebook of Lương Đình Dũng
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese film Cha cõng con (Father and Son) has won the Best Cinematography award at the 17th Milano International Film Festival (MIFF).The MIFF, taking place in Milan from May 10 to June 10, selects features, documentaries and short films nominated by the cultural non-profit Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society. The Best Film award will be announced in late May.

“Ten years ago, I came to Tokyo, Japan to receive the Best Film award at the 29th Tokyo Video Festival for my 13-minute film The Boat Man. I was surprised, excited. I kept the award’s envelope till today and as a reminder of my starting point on a long road,” wrote director Lương Đình Dũng on Facebook on Monday.

“This year, [the success of] Father and Son is a another step towards the aspiration of a film maker. The success of Father and Son today is small but it creates inspriration for me to continue to make an effort. The dream of bringing Việt Nam film to the world may be hard, but there will be a path to it,” he wrote.

The movie, directed by Lương Đình Dũng, also won Best Foreign Feature and Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival last month in Arizona, which drew 96 films from 20 countries.

Previously, Father and Son received the Indie Spirit Best Storyline award at the 15th Boston International Film Festival in April, which saw the participation of over 3,200 movies from around the world.

The main character in the movie is a little boy named Cá. He lives with his blind father, who has spent his entire life by the river. Cá’s world revolves around the river and everything associated with it, including the animals, flowers and the wooden fish his father carved for him.

Cá dreams of touching the clouds and of visiting the fancy fairy tale lands described by his father. However, Cá suffers from an incurable disease and cannot wait for the day his father has enough money to take him to the doctor.

The script for the film was inspired by Dũng’s own experiences when he wrote Father and Son in 1995. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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