Feature film/Vietnam/ 90 mins/ 2022
Production: Khanh An Film
Director: Đặng Nhật Minh
Screenwriter: Đặng Nhật Minh
Cinematographer: Vũ Đức Tùng
Art designer: Đặng Thanh Dương
Cast: Đức Minsu
The film is like a puzzle with each piece representing a different life: A shoeshine boy named Duc, a Hanoi-sidewalk third-generation barber, an old teacher who teaches choirs of blind students, a female farmer who went to Hanoi and became a housemaid… They, along with many other pieces have depicted the life of ordinary Hanoians (before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic). The film also shows changes in Hanoi amidst development as well as its give-and-take relationship with the adjacent rural areas. Life marches on, and kindness and concern for other people have always been the glue that makes everything firm and meaningful.
Director Dang Nhat Minh was born in 1938 in Hue. He started his career as a documentary filmmaker in 1965 and switched to making feature film in 1978. In 2005, he received the Award for Lifetime Achievement at Gwangju International Film Festival (Korea). The film When the tenth month comes was produced in 1985 and won the Special Award at Hawaii International Film Festival (America) and was chosen by CNN as one of the 18 best Asian Films of All Time in 2008. In 2013, he received the Kim Dae Jung Nobel Peace Film Award in Korea. In October 2016, he received the Golden Unicorn Award (Lycornd’O r) at Amiens International Film Festival (France) for his career in the film industry and a show called Homage which includes 8 of his films. Throughout his career, he has received 04 Golden Lotus Awards and 05 Silver Lotus Awards in many Vietnam Film Festivals.