Vietnam film selected for competition at Berlin film festival

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A still from Phan Dang Di's feature Cha va con va...(Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories), which has been selected for competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Photo provided

A Vietnamese film has been added to a line-up of competitors for main awards at the upcoming 65th Berlin International Film Festival, the event organizer announced on Wednesday.
Cha va con va … (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories) is among 20 films selected for the Competition section, which will vie for awards like the Golden Bear for the best film.
The feature by director Phan Dang Di, who is best known for the 2010 award-winning film Bi, dung so (Bi, don’t afraid), was funded by the festival’s World Cinema Fund and is still in post-production, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
It was the first time a Vietnamese director to compete at reputable international film festivals’ main sections, it said. Previously Vietnamese-American directors Tran Anh Hung and Tony Bui had their works nominated at the competitions of Cannes, Venice, and Berlin festivals.
The German event, also known as the Berlinale, will take place on February 5-15.

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