Cu Li Không Bao Giờ Khóc

Cu Li Never Cries
Having picked up the ashes of her long-estranged husband in Germany, a woman returns to her Vietnamese home. In her luggage she is carrying a pygmy slow loris, a species of primate from the Vietnamese rainforest, which she has inherited from the deceased. The woman’s young niece, who lives with her, is preparing for her wedding. The young couple anxiously ponders their uncertain future together. The present in which the characters live and the complex echoes of Vietnamese history intertwine in a contemplative and poetic way.
by Phạm Ngọc Lân
with Minh Châu, Hà Phương, Xuân An, Hoàng Hà, Cao Sang
Vietnam / Singapore / France / Philippines / Norway 2024 Vietnamese, Subtitles: English 92' Black/White World premiere | Debut film


  • Minh Châu (Mrs. Nguyện (Auntie))
  • Hà Phương (Vân)
  • Xuân An (Quang)
  • Hoàng Hà (Waiter)
  • Cao Sang (Quang’s best friend)
  • Tâm Anh (Tâm Anh)


DirectorPhạm Ngọc Lân
ScreenplayPhạm Ngọc Lân, Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang
CinematographyVũ Hoàng Triều, Nguyễn Vinh Phúc, Nguyễn Phan Linh Đan
EditingJulie Béziau
MusicTrần Kim Ngọc
ProducersNghiêm Quỳnh Trang, Trần Thị Bích Ngọc
Co-ProducersSu Ching Teh, Weijie Lai, Claire Lajoumard, Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, Verona Meier
Co-ProductionPurple Tree Content, Singapur
E&W Films, Singapur
Acrobates Films, Paris
Epicmedia Productions Inc, Manila
Ape & Bjørn / Storm Films, Oslo

Produced by

Cadence Studio

Hanoi, Vietnam

An Nam Productions

Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt, Vietnam

World Sales

Square Eyes

Wien, Austria

Phạm Ngọc Lân

Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. After studying urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University, he taught himself filmmaking. His short films have already been presented twice at the Berlinale with Another City in 2016 and Blessed Land in 2019. Cu Li Không Bao Giờ Khóc is his debut feature film.


2011 Chuyện Mọi Nhà (The Story of Ones); short film 2016 Thành Phố Khác (Another City); short film 2019 Một Khu Đất Tốt (Blessed Land); short film 2020 Giòng Sông Không Nhìn Thấy (The Unseen River); short film 2024 Cu Li Không Bao Giờ Khóc (Cu Li Never Cries)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Tue Feb 20 15:30

Zoo Palast 1

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Wed Feb 21 18:30

Cubix 9

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Thu Feb 22 09:45

Cubix 9

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Sat Feb 24 16:30


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GWFF Best First Feature Award

Cu Li Không Bao Giờ Khóc

Sun Feb 25 16:30

Akademie der Künste

Screening of the award-winning film

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