Vietnamese Film Week Offers Cultural Showcase At Expo 2020

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Vietnamese Film Week at Expo 2020 Dubai is set to showcase Vietnam’s unique culture and landscapes to international audiences in a not-to-be-missed, week-long event from Dec. 30, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022.

Vietnam’s first major film event in the Middle Eastern region and supported by Netflix Inc., Vietnamese Film Week at Expo 2020 Dubai will screen seven internationally acclaimed Vietnamese movies produced within the past five years.

The Film Week will kick off on December 30 at Terra Auditorium with ‘Dad, I’m Sorry’, a recent favorite which won the prestigious Silver Lotus for Best Feature Film at the Vietnamese National Film Festival 2021. The movie centers around Sang, an aging motorbike driver who continually sacrifices for his family.

The following day, the Dubai Millennium Amphitheater will screen ‘Furie’, the only action and martial arts movie of the film week. ‘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 will also feature ‘Father and Son’ (showing on Jan 1 at Terra Auditorium), a touching family movie which 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 with 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 magnificent scenes of Vietnamese landscapes; and international sensation ‘Yen’s Life’, about a young woman forced into marriage at the age of 10.

According to Commissioner General of Vietnam at Expo 2020 Dubai, Mrs. Nguyen Phuong Hoa, the seven movies all reflect up-to-date themes of this era, and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

“People no longer see Vietnam as a country of war. We would like to disseminate the image of a peaceful Vietnam with fast-paced development as well as great attention to national identity and humanist values,” said Hoa.

The opening ceremony for Vietnamese Film Week will take place at 6:15pm on December 30, Vietnam National Day at Expo 2020. Screenings are free to all Expo ticket holders.