"Golden" films at the V Hanoi International Film Festival

A series of award-winning films at prestigious international film festivals will be available at the V Ha Noi International Film Festival. These are the films of HANIFF's special programs this year, such as: “Country in focus: Polish Cinema”, Iranian Cinema Programme, World Cinema Panorama Program ...

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Featured works selected at the V Hanoi International Film Festival  have provided an overview of the contemporary cinema with all the quintessence about cultural, social and human of each country where the films were made.
1. A fantastic woman (2017) by Chilean Director Sebastián Lelio is described as "a wonderful film about a marvelous woman."

The film won the 90th Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, (March 2018); "Teddy Award - Best Feature Film" (An International Film Award for films with LGBT topics, presented by the independent jury of the Berlin Film Festival) for Director Sebastián Lelio and Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza also at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival; Best International Film - Independent Spirit Award, 2018.
Now, when people are increasingly separated, A Fantastic Woman is the bridge between the lack of understanding and understanding through the transcendent power of cinema. It's a film about tolerance, acceptance and empathy. "Fantastic" is the only word suitable for the film, other words have no meaning at all.

2. A Ciambra (2017) by Italian Director Jonas Carpignano, is just like a fable as well as documentary.

The film is set in Rome with all actors are amateurs who play themselves. The film won the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (May 2018) and was the representative of Italy to attend the 90th Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film Category.

3. Ida (2014) by Polish Director Paweł Pawlikowski have won many awards: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 87th Oscars, 2015; nominated by the European Film Academy for Best Film list - 2014 Best Films.

The film was nominated in 7 categories and won 5 awards including Best European Film Award and the Audience Award at the 27th European Film Awards.
Ida was voted as Best Film Not in the English Language of 2014 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In 2016, Ida ranked 55th in the list of Best Films of the 21st Century, in a poll featuring 177 film critics from around the world.
Ida participated in the Special Presentation category at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award of the International Federation of Film Critics.
In addition, Ida won the Best Film Awards at the following film festivals: Gdynia, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Minsk, Gijón, Wiesbaden, Kraków ...
Ida was nominated for the Best Film of the Year by the Polish Film Academy in 2015, Best European Film at the 29th Goya Awards by the Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences .


4. Taste of Cherry (1997), directed by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, won the Cannes Film Festival's 1997 Palme d'Or. While another Iranian film: The Salesman (2016 - Director Asghar Farhadi) won Best Screenplay award for Asghar Farhadi and Best Actor award for Shahab Hosseini in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Earlier, another "Iranian voice" White Balloon (1995, directed by Jafar Panahi) won the Camera Gold, at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
The Guardian voted White Balloon as one of the 50 Best Family Films of All Time. The title of the film was inspired by the White Balloon logo - A symbol of support for victims of child sexy abused, thereby expressing sympathy for families, parents, and victims.
5. The Pianist (2002) - a touched film directed by Roman Polanski and a classic film on concentration camp theme and genocide. It was awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
In addition, the film has won three major Oscars including: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards.
The Pianist also won the Best Film and Best Director Awards by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2003. The film won 7 Césars-prestigious French cinema awards including 3 major awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

6. Three films by famous director Andrzej Wajda at the V Hanoi International Film Festival
These are: Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Promised Land (1975) and Tatarak (2009). These 3 films are part of Country in focus: “Polish Cinema” and are milestones in Andrzej Wajda's career.
Ashes and Diamonds was the last film in a series of 3 films about war of director Andrzej Wajda. Along with the previous two films: A Generation (1954) and Kanal (1956), Ashes and Diamonds was rated as  one of the great masterpieces of Polish cinema.
Two famous Hollywood filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola considered Ashes and Diamonds one of their favorite films. The film was rated 86th on the list of the best cinematic works of the 20th century by critics of The Village Voice (a famous and prestigious American news and culture paper).
Richard Pena, in his book, "1001 Films You Must Watch Before You Die," rated the end of Ashes and Diamonds as one of the most attractive ending and frequently cited in cinema history.
In 2010, the US cinema industry magazine, Empire, ranked 38th for the film in the list 100 Best Films of World Cinema.

The Promised Land won the Golden Prize at the Ninth Moscow International Film Festival in 1975 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1976.

scene in The Promised Land

Tatarak (Sweet Rush) won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the prize presented for promising films at the annual Berlin International Film Festival .

•    Introducing 3 films by Director Andrzej Wajda
Ashes and Diamonds, (Polish name: Popiół i diament) directed by Andrzej Wajda, based on the 1948 Polish novel by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski.
Maciek (Zbigniew Cybulski) and Andrzej (Adam Pawlikowski) are former Home Army soldiers. They have been assigned to assassinate a communist member (Szczuka).
At the hotel, where the greeting party for Szczuka was held, Maciek met  Krystyna and the couple had a short but passionate affair before he was pulled out of fleeting happiness to fulfill his mission.
The title of the novel of Jerzy Andrzejewski (movie's scriptwriter) comes from a 19th-century poem refer to the manner in which diamonds are formed from heat and pressure acting upon coal (ass).
"Or will the ashes hold the glory of a starlike diamond
The Morning Star of everlasting triumph."
Wajda did not try to answer that question. And this ambiguity made the film more appealing. "When you watch Ashes and Diamonds, remember, you are not just watching a movie, you are looking at a manifesto that has found a voice, a face and a speech for a being lied generation"

•    The Promised Land (1975)
At first glance, the mid-1970s seemed like a quiet stage in the career of famous director Andrzej Wajda.
Because of his famous trilogy, ending with Ashes and Diamonds, talking about World War II was all completed in the 1950s.
However, The Promised Land, (Polish name: Ziemia obiecana) set in the nineteenth century, seems to be just a sign of his withdrawal from political theme rather than a decline in Wajda's career.
Based on a novel in 1898 by a novelist, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature Władysław Reymont. The film was set in the industrial city of Łódź in the midst of industrialization.
The three men worked together to build a textile factory, which was considered a microcosm of the social classes, multi races - a balance that exists only in novels.
Karol, a Polish nobleman with not much wealth; Maks, a German boss, owing a factory that was about to close and Moryc, a Jewish businessman with nothing but relationships. The three of them appeared in a land full of light without knowing their future prospects would disappear in the coming political crisis.
Sweet Rush (Polish name: Tatarak, 2009) - A film by Andrzej Wajda on sadness and broken heart.
The theological writer Stephen Levine has recommended that we create space in our culture where people can feel secure enough to freely express their grief and loss. Sometimes, a movie can do that for us. And this is certainly true with Sweet Rush of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda.
Based on the novel by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, the film revolves around  Marta (Krystyna Janda), wife of a doctor (Jan Englert).
One day, Marta came to see her husband to check her health when she was experiencing pain and weight loss. The husband was shocked to learn that his wife was terminally ill and can only live for a short time. He decided not to tell his wife about her condition ... "No living soul can pass through this world without suffering a broken heart. Nothing really makes life painless. Accept the pain, know that one's heart will - and should - be broken, is the beginning of wisdom," that is the biggest meaning of the film.

All these special films and many others from many countries and territories representing 5 continents will be shown for the first time and free of charge within the framework of the V Hanoi International Film Festival.

•  On the sidelines of the festival, the Cinema Department will hold 4 screenings (weekly / feature movie) for journalists.



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