“Cuoc doi cua Yen” (Yen’s Life) of Vietnamese director Dinh Tuan Vu has claimed the top prize at the World Premieres Film Festival in the Philippines, organizers said.
The 107-minute feature tells the story of a young Vietnamese, Yen, who was married off in the 1970s at the age of 10, and chronicles the following years of her life.
The film beat out other entries in the main competition category including "By Accident" (France), "Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner" (Philippines), "Love Above All Things" (Spain) and "Redha" (Malaysia).
The World Premieres Film Festival celebrates the wonder of film and the human experience as seen by diverse cultures of the world, organizers said. The event is also a platform for international filmmakers to elevate their craft and to reach a wider global audience.
Participating countries each premiere a new film that has yet to be screened elsewhere.
"Yen’s Life" hit local theaters early this year.