The Hyderabad Film Club is organising a film festival of Vietnamese films, on 19th and 20th September, at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. The 2-day festival called Cinema Of Vietnam will feature two films by Tran Anh Hung. Today, the last day, The Vertical Ray Of The Sun will be screened.
With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting, Vertical Ray Of The Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centers around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so it appears). The youngest is single and living with her cute older brother, whom she is desperately in love with.
The second sister is married to a man who has another woman and child elsewhere whom he loves just as much as he does his wife - with a few conditions, she agrees to carry on with the marriage.
The third sister and her husband are overjoyed to discover that she is pregnant, and though he is tempted, her husband remains loyal to her.
The charming, slow-paced, face value, family saga film is a must-watch to get an informed peep into Vietnam.
The cinema of Vietnam has a history that goes back to the 1920s and has largely been shaped by wars that have been fought in the country from the 1940s to the 1970s. Better known Vietnamese language films include Cyclo, Scent Of The Green Papaya and Vertical Ray Of The Sun, all by French-trained Viet Kieu director Tran Anh Hung.
But in recent years, as Vietnam's film industry has made efforts to modernize and move beyond the government-backed propaganda films, contemporary Vietnamese filmmakers have gained a wider audience with films such as Buffalo Boy and Bar Girls.
For instance, Tran Van Thuy's Tieng Vi Cam O My Lai (The Sound of the Violin at My Lai) won Best Short Film prize at the 43rd Asia Pacific Film Festival in 1999. Doi Cat (Sandy Life) by Nguyen Thanh won best picture at the same festival the following year. Better known, however, are European productions in Vietnam, such as The Lover and Indochine, as well as films by Viet Kieu directors Tran Anh Hung and Tony Bui.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.