Groundbreaking Vietnamese film screened internationally

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The country's first homosexual film Lost in Paradise is scheduled to premiere in Vietnam on October 14. Earlier this month, the film went international and was screened at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada.

In October, the film will be featured at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in Canada and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

According to the film crew, the film's screening at TIFF was a huge success since all tickets were sold out, compared to 15 to 30 percent of tickets of 19 other Asian films, among 335 films from 65 countries and territories worldwide.

The tickets were purchased mostly by both middle age locals and Vietnamese-Canadians.

Hot boy noi loan Cau chuyen ve thang Cuoi, co gai diem va con vit (Rebellious hot boy, and the story about a guy named Cuoi, a prostitute and a duck) is the original Vietnamese title of Lost in Paradise.

It depicts the intersection of the daily lives of a gay couple, a mentally disabled man, and a female prostitute who found the world they are living is not the paradise they have reckoned.

According to Michael J. Werner, President of Fortissimo, who acquired Lost in Paradise's international distribution rights from director Vu Ngoc Dang, "Vu Ngoc Dang is among a new generation of Vietnamese directors who know how to harmonize both commercial factors and artistic view."

"The director used emotion and comedy to depict daily living of the gay couple, a dumb guy and a prostitute, who represent complicated, weird relationships in modern society," said the president.

The 95-minute Lost in Paradise will be the only Vietnamese film to be introduced at VIFF from September 29 to October 14, and at BIFF from October 6-14 in Korea.

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