Cannes selects Vietnamese film for International Critics Week

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The Cannes Film Festival 2010 has selected Bi, dung so! (Bi, don't be afraid) by Vietnamese director Phan Dang Di for screening at International Critics Week.

The movie tells the story of sixyear-old Bi who lives with his parents, his aunt and a maid in an old house in Hanoi, and the relationship he develops with his paralyzed grandfather.

Before being officially selected by Cannes Film Festival, the film's script won the Pusan Promotion Plan's "Asia Outstanding Project" award at the International Pusan Film Festival in 2007, and was one of 15 film projects selected by Cannes for the 2008 festival's L'Atelier category.

The film's production was then funded with US$10,000 from the Board of Vietnamese Film Project Management Production, and $67,100 from the Berlin Film Festival's World Cinema Fund.

International Critics Week, founded in 1962, annually selects seven short films and seven features which are the first or second works of international filmmakers to compete for its Golden Camera Award.

In 1993, "The Scent of Green Papaya" by French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung won the Golden Camera.

This year's winners will be announced on May 23.

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