A critically acclaimed Vietnamese film, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung), will be screened at the Hollywood’s AFI Fest on Tuesday night (local time).
The film is joining the American prestigious festival’s category of New Auteurs, together with nine other films from South Korea, Israel, Norway, France, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Italy.
An AFI jury, including noted film critics such as Alonso Duralde, Tim Grierson, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, will choose the winner for the category.
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, the first full-length film of Vietnamese female director Nguyen Hong Diep, zeroes in on a pregnant teenager confronting the mundane realities of inner-city life in Hanoi.
“Poised in its mise-en-scene, poetic in employing visual panache and precise in capturing details which hint at the harsh realities of inner-city life, Diep's film offers a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly candid representation of sexuality and adolescence in Vietnam,” read a review about the film on the website of Venice film festival.
Meanwhile, AFI’s reviewer Beth Hanna found the film “a lyrical, enigmatic portrait of a young woman at a crossroads, confronting a decision over her body and grappling with the confusing nature of love and lust. With the rain-drenched city of Hanoi as a backdrop (gorgeously shot by cinematographer Pham Quan Minh), the film broaches issues of class and gender disparity through the lens of Huyen’s struggle to survive and to assert her independence.”
AFI Fest is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Hollywood, California and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI Fest presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe.
The prestigious film festival is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival and has been bringing the best in world cinema to the film capital of the world since its launch as FILMEX in 1971.
The 2014 AFI Fest will conclude with an award ceremony on November 13.