Berlinale

Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Đap Cánh Giua Không Trung)

Synopsis
Hanoi, Vietnam. Naive Huyên (17) is living a normal life in rhythm with her times. Huyên is in love with her boyfriend Tùng, a never-do-well boy just slightly older than her. She gets pregnant, and both she and Tùng want an abortion, rather casually and calmly. Huyên finds a way to make money for the abortion by meeting a rich man who has a fetish for her swelling stomach and pays well for her company. When her boyfriend runs away with the money and Huyên’s feelings move slowly but steadily toward the rich man and her unborn child, it becomes more and more a matter of urgency that she has to make a decision – but she hesitates.

Director’s note
This hesitancy of a young and lonely pregnant woman, this feeling of juvenile naivety and disorientation when meeting the difficult decision for or against an unborn life is the red line of the film.


World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2014, Venice International Critics Week

Key festivals and awards
Fedeora Award, Venice International Film Festival 2014
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Busan International Film Festival 2014
Special Mention, Nantes Three Continents Festival 2014
Oslo Films from the South Festival 2014
Ecumenical Jury Award, Special Mention and Youth Jury Award, Fribourg International Film Festival 2015
San Francisco International Film Festival 2015

Vietnam 2015
Director: Nguyen Hoàng ĐDiep
Producers: VBLOCK Media (Vietnam), Filmallee (Germany), Ciné-Sud Promotion (France), Films Farms (Norway)
German WCF partner: Filmallee
World sales: Premium Films (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2012
Funding amount: 50,000 €