1st Vietnam International Film Festival to take place in Hanoi

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Vietnam's first International Film Festival (VNIFF) will take place in Hanoi from October 17 to 21, 2010 and will showcase the best in Vietnamese and global cinema.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 67 films from 23 countries and territories, have been submitted for consideration.

In addition to witnessing the debut of these films, each audience will have the chance to meet with Vietnamese and international documentarians, animators and international film crews.

Director Luc Besson will open the show with his 3D animated feature, "Arthur and the Two World Wars." The film is the latest installment of a hit franchise that chronicles the adventures of a little boy named Arthur who travels around the world with a race of tiny people known as the Minimoys.

The Vietnamese premiere of Canh dong bat tan (Endless field), an adaptation of the tragic novel by Nguyen Ngoc Tu and directed by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh seems to be the most anticipated entry in the program.

The film promises stunning visual elements as it tells the story of a heartbroken rice farmer in the Mekong Delta and his love affair with a prostitute.

Competing for the "Best Movie" award are two Vietnamese films Trung uy (The Lieutenant) and Long Thanh cam gia ca (Song about a person who twangs in Thang Long) and representatives from China, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

Tickets for satellite screenings will be available at the following theaters: National Cinema, 87 Lang Ha St., Ba Dinh District, Megastar 6th floor, Vincom Hanoi, 191 Ba Trieu St., Hai Ba Trung Dist., Platinum Cineplex, Level 4, The Garden Towers, Me Tri, Tu Liem.

Screening schedule: 10 a.m. 9 p.m. (Sunday), 4 9 p.m. (Monday through Thursday)

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