Two Vietnamese entries for Southeast Asian film festival

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Mui co chay directed by Nguyen Huu Muoi is one of two Vietnamese films that will be screened at the 4th Luang Prabang Film Festival in Laos in December

Two Vietnamese films have been selected to be screened at the 4th Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) in Laos at the end of this year.

Do hay day? (Here or There?); and Mui co chay (Scent of Burning Grass) will represent Vietnam at the film fest that to be held December 7-11. The festival seeks to celebrate the best cinema from across Southeast Asia, create a space for regional film professionals and fans to network, dialogue, and encourage local film production. 

Mui co chay, directed by Nguyen Huu Muoi, is set in the Easter Offensive of 1972. It was selected for the 85th Academy Awards early this year, but failed to enter the final shortlist. In 2011, it received the Silver Lotus prize at the 17th Vietnam National Film Festival.

Do hay day?, was one of 12 entries competing at Vietnam's Golden Kite film Awards last year. The impressionistic film covers three or four days in the life of a man (French actor Jean-Luc Mello), about 70, and his wife (nobody is named in the film). It opens with a series of apparently unconnected images, following the couple as they wake up and start their daily routines.

Selected by LPFF's Motion Picture Ambassadors (film experts in each of the participating countries), the two are among the 28 feature films at the festival, including A River Changes Course (Cambodia); Ah, Boys to Men (Singapore); Rising Sun on the Horizon (Myanmar); Big Heart (Laos) [World Premiere]; What Is It about Rina? (Brunei); Contradiction (Malaysia); Deenok and Dareng (Indonesia); Mater Dolorosa (Philippines); and Grean Fictions (Thailand). 

All screenings and activities of the festival are free and open to the public. 

In addition to these feature film screenings, LPFF will also have multiple short film programs, including all 21 Southeast Asian documentary films from DocNet's first ChopShots collection. The six short films from LPFF's "Our Lives on Film" Documentary Filmmaking Workshop will be featured, as well. 

There will be panel discussions, Q&As, a concert, and dance and puppetry performances to entertain visitors during the festival.

Several exhibitions will be held at the LPFF Visitor Center, including the best designs from the festival's movie poster competition and an update on the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project.

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