Khat vong Thang Long (Thang Long's aspiration), a film about the king who founded the capital city of Hanoi, will represent Vietnam in the competition for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.
The culture ministry publicized the result after accessing the three entries including Canh dong bat tan (Floating lives), Khat vong Thang Long and Long Thanh cam gia ca (Ballad of a Thang Long musician).
Deputy minister Huynh Vinh Ai said that the Khat vong Thang Long, directed by director Luu Trong Ninh, is highly rated for its humanity and accurate portrayal of historical and cultural details.
The three entries won top prizes in different categories at the 2011 National Golden Kite Cinema Awards.
However, many audiences felt Canh dong bat tan, a box office hit adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, was overlooked.
In previous years, Vietnam was invited to submit its best films, including Mua len trau (Buffalo boy), Chuyen cua Pao (Tale of Pao), Ao lua Ha Dong (The white silk dress), and Dung dot (Do not burn it) to the Academy Awards, but none of the submissions were chosen in the five final nominations of the category.
All films submitted to the Best Foreign Language Film category are screened by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee. Committee members select by secret ballot the five official nominations, which will be announced on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.