In old Hanoi, Bi, a six-year-old child, his parents, his aunt and their servant are living together in one house. His favourite playground is an ice factory. After years of absence, his grandfather, gravely ill, returns from abroad and settles home. Gradually, a relationship grows between Bi and his grandfather. Meanwhile the father distances himself from his family. Bi's mother turns a blind eye and transfers her affections to the grandfather. The aunt is a very prudish high school teacher. One day she passes a schoolboy in the bus. The attraction she feels for him disrupts her life.
Imagine relaxing and watching a fish tank. Big and small fish live together in a narrow tank. They are full of desire for food and reproduction. Yet, they themselves can’t recognize that they are burdened with desires.
Cannes International Film Festival 2010, Semaine de la Critique
Key festivals and awards
SACD Prize, ACID / CCAS Support, Cannes International Film Festival 2010
Grand Prix du Jury, Angers Premiers Plans 2011
Best First Feature, Best Cinematography, Stockholm International Film Festival 2010
Director: Phan Dang Di
Producers: Acrobates Film (France), Arte France Cinema (France), Vietnam Media Corp & Vietnam Studio (Vietnam), Sudest-Dongnam (Vietnam), Vblock Media Joint Stock Company (Vietnam), TR9 Film (Germany)
World sales: Acrobates Film (France)
German WCF Partner: TR9 Film
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2008
Funding amount: 50,000 €