Academy to Salute Vietnamese Director Dang Nhat Minh
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will salute acclaimed Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh on Wednesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Phil Robinson, Academy governor and chair of its International Outreach Committee, will lead an onstage conversation with Minh, which will be followed by a screening of Minh’s 2000 feature “The Guava House.”
Robinson will also moderate a discussion with several other visiting Vietnamese filmmakers, including Phan Dang Di (“Bi, Don’t Be Afraid”), Nguyen Quang Binh (“Floating Lives”), Nguyen Vinh Son (“The Moon at the Bottom of the Well”), Bui Thac Chuyen (“Adrift”), Le Thanh Son (“Clash”) and Stephane Gauger (“Owl and the Sparrow”).
Minh has directed such classic Vietnamese films as “When the Tenth Month Comes” (1984), “Nostalgia for the Countryside” (1995), and Vietnam’s 2009 entry into the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award competition, “Don’t Burn.” In addition, Minh served as Phillip Noyce’s second unit director on “The Quiet American” (2002), one of the first western productions to shoot in post-war Vietnam.
The Academy’s salute is being presented in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of its week-long film series “New Voices from Vietnam.” The series will showcase several new Vietnamese features, shorts and documentaries, and will include onstage filmmaker discussions at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. The salute and screening series are a continuation of the Academy’s International Outreach Program of ongoing educational and cultural efforts in Vietnam.
Following is the schedule of screenings at the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater. (All films in Vietnamese with English subtitles.)
Friday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m.
“Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!” (“Bi, dung so!”) (2010), directed by Phan Dang Di.
Preceded by: “Fading Light” (2010), directed by Thien Do. 20 mins.
Documentary Film Program
Caught between her tradition and the rapidly changing social expectations of modern Vietnamese teenagers, a mother battles her daughter’s willful behavior while caring for her own aging mother in a small urban apartment. 23 mins.
“Thanh Cong Ward” (2004), directed by Phan Thi Vang Anh.
“Grandfather and Grandson” (2006), directed by Nguyen Thi Tham.
Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m.
"Floating Lives” (2010), directed by Nguyen Quang Binh.
Preceded by: “Dog Day” (2010), directed by Phan Xine. 21 mins.
Sunday, November 7, at 7 p.m.
“The Moon at the Bottom of the Well” (“Trang noi day gieng”) (2008), directed by Nguyen Vinh Son.
In person: Director Nguyen Vinh Son
Friday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
“Adrift” (Choi voi) (2009), directed by Bui Thac Chuyen.
Preceded by: “New Year’s Eve Has Passed” (2006), directed by Bui Kim Qui. 9 mins.
Documentary Film Program
A heartbreaking story captured in cinema-verite style, this film observes the struggles of a poor farmer forced to try his luck as a day laborer on the harsh streets of Hanoi, far from his wife and children. 25 mins.
“I Dream to Be a Worker” (2006), directed by Tran Phuong Thao.
“My Apartment Block” (2009), directed by Trinh Dinh Le Minh.
Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.
“Clash” (“Bay rong”) (2009), directed by Le Thanh Son.
Preceded by: “I Love Vietnam” (2009), directed by Nguyen Tien Hung. 7 mins.
Sunday, November 14, at 7 p.m.
“Owl and the Sparrow” (2007), directed by Stephane Gauger.
Preceded by: “The Terrace” (2006), directed by Nguyen Ha Phong. 11 mins.
Tickets to the November 10 “Academy Salute to Director Dang Nhat Minh” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.oscars.org, by mail, or at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
Tickets for “New Voices from Vietnam” must be purchased separately. For tickets to the screenings at UCLA, please visit the UCLA Film & Television Archive website at http://www.cinema.ucla.edu.
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