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Documentary on old couple wins awards

Winners: Director Manouchehr Abrontan from the Netherlands grants awards to young film makers. — Photo courtesy of TPD
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Young director Nguyen Ngoc Mai won three Golden Lotus Bud prizes this year for her documentary Lan.

The film is a story about an old suburban couple. When the wife has a stroke and becomes forgetful, tragic and comedic situations occur. However, her loving husband still takes care of her.

Mai won awards for Best Documentary Voted by Audience, Best Documentary Voted by Jury and Best Debut Documentary.

The entry was appreciated largely because of its truthful scenes, displaying moving moments between the old couple.

The awards were announced on Sunday at Cong Nhan (Workers) Theatre, 42 Trang Tien Street in Ha Noi.

It wrapped up this year’ss season with the theme ‘Kaleidoscope’, acknowledging diversity of personalities and points of view.

Seven films were nominated for documentaries, seven for short-films and five for teen film awards. They were selected from 83 documentaries, 25 short films and 18 films produced by secondary school students.

The films were 12 to 20 minutes long. Film budget limits were set at VND5 million (US$250) per film.

The Golden Lotus Bud award for Best Film went to Muon (Late) directed by Ho Thanh Thao and Chuyen Anh Hung (Hung’s Story) by Hoai Nam.

The jury board year comprised of director Phan Gia Nhat Linh, screenwriter Pham Hai Anh, director Phan Dang Di and director Nguyen Hoang Diep.

Director Manouchehr Abrontan from the Netherlands attended, saying the entries reflected multiple facets of life.

The annual awards have been organised by Assistance and Development of Movie Talents since 2009. The event features the best short documentaries and short films made by participants in the We Are Filmmakers Project to encourage young people make movies. It was launched in 2002.

 — VNS

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