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Vietnamese films to attend Busan Int’l Film Fest

Vietnamese films Thua Me Con Di (Goodbye, Mother) directed by Trinh Dinh Le Minh and Anh Trai Yeu Quai (My Annoying Brother) directed by Vu Ngoc Phuong will be presented at the Busan International Film Fest (BIFF) on October 3-12.

A scene in the film Thua Me Con Di (Goodbye, Mother)
by Trinh Dinh Le Minh (Photo courtesy of CJ HK Entertainment)

They will be screened in the framework of A Window on Asian Cinema, a part of Official Selection, where new films by Asian filmmakers are highlighted.

While Goodbye, Mother has been screened nationwide since August 16, the film My Annoying Brother will premiere on November 29. All are inspired by family bonds.

Goodbye, Mother is an indie film starting with the love story between two men, Ian and Van. But it’s more than a story about the empathy and equality for the LGBT community in Vietnam. The film tells the story of two gay men and the discrimination they face from the community.

Above all, it’s about the tolerance of the mother and family love.

The performances by actors Lanh Thanh, Vo Dien Gia Huy and actress Hong Dao have been highly praised.

My Annoying Brother is a comedy about brotherhood and redemption. It stars Isaac, Kieu Minh Tuan, Dieu Nhi and Phi Phung. Lam is a skilled Judo athlete but falls into a dark hole when he loses his eyesight after an accident. His brother Phong has been away from home for 10 years. When he comes home from jail, the two brothers reconnect and redeem themselves with the help of the other. 

Isaac said he has spent months practicing Judo and living as a blind person. “I’m excited with this challenge so I tried to practice to convince the audience and offer a good performance”, he said.

“Besides the conflict between brothers, we also reflect their love for each other.”

Besides, Rom directed by Tran Dung Thanh Huy will compete in the New Currents category.

“Rom is a young bookie in bustling Saigon. He tries everything he can to help the residents of an old apartment complex keep their homes and fulfil his dream of finding his parents,” according to the BIFF website.