Vietnamese Film Week at EXPO 2020 Dubai showcases Viet Nam’s unique culture and landscapes to international audiences in a not-to-be-missed, week-long event running until today, Jan. 5.
Viet Nam’s first major film event in the Middle Eastern region is supported by Netflix and screens seven internationally acclaimed Vietnamese movies produced within the past five years.
The Film Week kicked off on Dec. 30 at Terra Auditorium with Dad, I’m Sorry, Viet Nam’s highest-grossing movie of all time. Recently winning the prestigious Silver Lotus for Best Feature Film at the Vietnamese National Film Festival 2021, Dad, I’m Sorry centers around Sang, an aging motorbike driver who continually sacrifices for his family.
The following day, the Dubai Millennium Amphitheater screened Furie, an action and martial arts masterpiece directed by Le Van Kiet. Furie stars Veronica Ngo as Hai Phuong, an ex-gangster living a peaceful life in the countryside who is forced to revisit her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped.
Vietnamese Film Week also featured Father and Son (Jan. 1 at Terra Auditorium), a touching family movie that won accolades at the Arizona International Film Festival 2017, Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2019, and Boston International Film Festival 2019. The film was the only Vietnamese movie to be screened at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in 2020.
Other titles include Dreamy Eye, an unrequited love story between two childhood friends; The Tailor, a comedy putting the Vietnamese traditional dress (Ao dai) in the spotlight; Yellow Flower on the Green Grass, a tender tale of innocent love, friendship, and brotherhood with a magnificent scene of Vietnamese landscapes; and international sensation Yen’s Life, about a young woman forced into marriage at the age of 10.
According to the Commissioner-General of Vietnam at EXPO 2020 Dubai – Nguyen Phuong Hoa, the seven movies all reflect current and contemporary themes and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.
“People no longer see Viet Nam as a country of war. We want to show our Viet Nam as a peaceful but dynamic country, always treasuring its national identity and human values,” said Hoa.
The opening ceremony for Vietnamese Film Week took place on Dec. 30, Vietnam National Day, at EXPO 2020. Screenings are free to all Expo ticket holders.
For detailed schedule and venues, visit: https://vietnamexpo2020dubai.com/show-item/vietnamese-film-week/