Local film to compete at Boston International Film Festival
The Saigon Times Daily
Poster of the movie Father and Son - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE MOVIE MAKING TEAM
The movie Cha cong con (Father and Son) directed/scripted by Vietnamese director Luong Dinh Dung will compete at the Boston Int’l Film Festival 2017 from April 13-17, reports Vietnamplus.
This year’s film festival has attracted 3,281 films from around the world competing in 17 categories for feature films, short films, documentaries and experimental films. The organizers will name three winners in each category. Boston Int’l Film Festival is one of the biggest events in Massachusetts in the U.S.
Director Luong Dinh Dung shared that he is surprised and happy as his 90-minute movie is chosen for the festival and to have a chance to promote his creation to American viewers. The director also expects Vietnamese audience will see the movie at local theaters in mid 2017.
Previously, the movie “Touch” by oversea Vietnamese director Nguyen Duc Minh, telling the story about a mechanic and a nail making girl living in the U.S., won the best photography at the film festival in 2012.
Dung shared that he intended to quit the movie after many disadvantages, especially a flood at the movie studio in 2013. However, he found his deep passion for the project and continued to make the film in 2015. This is Dung’s first feature movie, after a long time being known for his comedies and TV ads.
“Father and Son” was inspired from a memory of Dung since he was six years old. One day he was together with his father and witnessed an 18-year-old boy beating his father on the street. Dung’s father was a boxing athlete so he came to stop the young man. The father of that young man explained that he hoped his son would change the behavior and stop drinking.
“I was so afraid and obsessed by that story during a long time. When growing up, I have witnessed many family tragedies in the society. The movie was born with a message to honor the merits of family and the love of parents to their children,” Dung added.
The movie was made during a heavy storm without resorting to any special effects. The main setting was on a hill which is 100m high with the participation of many kids during heavy rains. The director said that he was lucky as there came a severe flood sweeping away the movie-shooting site only two days after the closing time of filming.
Father and Son is adapted from a novel of the same name written in 1995 by director Luong Dinh Dung. It tells about a boy named Ca (fish), son of a poor fisherman. The kid always dreams about magical things in stories told by a blind man near his house. However, the boy suffers from a severe illness and finds out that he has no time to wait for magic things to happen to him. And his father decides to carry him on his shoulders to go seeing everything he wishes before his death.
The movie mostly features amateur actors, except Meritorious Artist Tran Hanh in the role of the blind man and Ngo The Quan in the role of the father. The role of the son is played by an orphaned boy named Do Trong Tan coming from the SOS Village in Viet Tri in the northern province of Phu Tho.