Vietnamese feature film wins new talent award at Asian festival

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Vietnamese feature film Bi, dung so (Bi, Don't be afraid) directed by Phan Dang Di won an award for new filmmakers at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival which wrapped up earlier this week.

 

The film tells the story of six year-old Bi who lives with his parents, his aunt and a maid in an old house in Hanoi, and the relationship he develops with his paralyzed grandfather.

 

It was named the best film in the New Talent category.

 

The festival's jury also awarded Special Mention prizes to China's Piano in a Factory by Zhang Meng, and Singapore's Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng.

 

Di's film had previously  won two Critics' Week awards at Cannes in May and special mentions for young Asian directors at the Vancouver International Film Festival last month.

 

Founded in 2004 as an indie film festival, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has grown into a major regional event that this year ran for 18 days starting with over 120 screenings.

  

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