Vietnamese film places third at Filmapalooza

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Canh Ba Ba (Turtle Soup) has been honored as one of the top three feature films at Filmapalooza, the finale festival for the "2011 48 Hour Film Project" held from March 2-5 in Taos, New Mexico (US).

The 48 Hour Film Project is an international filmmaking contest which challenges directors and their teams to make short films over the course of two days in cities all over the world. Films must be 3-5 minutes long and are required utilize a character, prop and line of dialogue issued by the judges.

The Yeti independent film group produced Canh Ba Ba, which was chosen as the best film from the project's Ho Chi Minh City segment, earning it a berth at Filmapalooza where it placed third behind In Captivity by Jpixx Films from Hampton Roads (US) and My Darling, I'm So Sorry by so36portraits (Germany). It also received an "Honorable Mention for Writing."

Canh Ba Ba tells a simple story of two street kids who try to steal the turtle from a local restaurant to save it from being cooked. The sophisticated storytelling, cinematography and acting of the amateur cast won over the judges, including noted Aussie director Phillip Noyce.

The film is scheduled to be screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival's "Short Film Corner" in May.

Yeti, headed by Tibetan director Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, is a group of freelance local and expat filmmakers living in Ho Chi Minh City.

Last year, the Young Media group's "A good day to die" represented Vietnam at last year's Filmapalooza and was screened at Cannes 2011.

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