Touching Trailer Revealed for Un Certain Regard’s ‘Viet and Nam’

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French sales agent Pyramide International has dropped a dark and subtle trailer for “Việt and Nam,” a gay drama about two young miners who must complete a mission before fate tears them apart.

The film, directed by Vietnamese author Trương Minh Quý, will play at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard with its world premiere on May 22.

According to a synopsis from lead producer Epicmedia: “Nam and Việt, both young miners, cherish fleeting moments knowing that one of them will soon leave for a new life across the sea. But the departure cannot take place, because in a distant forest lies Nam’s father, a soldier, whose remains they must find. Together they follow the mysteries of memories and dreams and follow the path to the past.”

The film is the third feature film from Trương Minh Quý, who previously made waves by participating in the 2012 edition of the Asian Film Academy of the Busan Festival and followed up with his second feature film “The Tree House” which appeared in the Filmmakers or The Current Competition.

He has previously experimented with combining abstract concept images with realistic improvisations while photographing. The atmospheric appearance of “Việt en Nam” is enhanced by filming on 16mm film material.

After making the rounds in international project markets, the film is structured as a co-production in eight countries. In addition to Bradley Liew and Bianca Balbuena at Epicmedia, co-producers of the film include Marie Dubas (Deuxième Ligne Films, France), Lai Weijie (E&W Films, Singapore), Lorna Tee and Joost de Vries (An Original Picture, Netherlands), Stefano Centini (Volos Films Italia, Italy), Christian Jilka (Scarlet Visions, Germany), Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang (Lagi Limited, Vietnam) with Alex Lo (Cinema Inutile, USA) as executive producer.

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