Saigon, late 1990s: Vu, a photography student, falls in love with his roommate, Thang, a smalltime drug dealer. Meanwhile, Vu’s father Sau has chosen a wife for his son, Huong, whom he pushes to separate Vu and Thang. But Huong is secretly in love with Sau. Stormy stories of desire and forbidden fruits.
I see that sometimes my characters are so stubborn. They don’t follow my lead, they act as if they were living in real life: unusually, meaninglessly, instinctively. Their thoughts may come after action. Their sadness may come later than the separation... I can watch them, but I cannot judge them. I may know whether they are happy or sad, but I cannot measure such feelings, as my characters were living before the film began and will continue to do so once the film has ended. So all I can say is that everything you see in the film depicts just one particular moment in their lives.
Berlin International Film Festival 2015, Competition
Key Festivals and Awards
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015
Seattle International Film Festival 2015
Moscow International Film Festival 2015
Young Audience Award, Nantes Three Continents Festival 2015
Busan International Film Festival 2015
Director: Di Phan Dang
Producers: VBlock Media (Vietnam), Acrobates Films (France), Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG (Germany), Volya Films (The Netherlands)
German WCF partner: Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG
World sales: Urban Distribution International (France)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2013
Funding amount: 40,000 €