Vietnamese film to vie at Toronto film festival

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Five years after his film Ao lua Ha Dong (The White Silk Dress) was submitted to the Oscars, director Luu Huynh now has another work competing at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

Lay chong nguoi ta (In the Name of Love) will be screened in the Contemporary World Cinemas category and vie for the event's only award, the People's Choice Award, with 60 other pictures at the festival.

The award has been won by "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech," both of which went on to win Oscars.

The 37th edition of the festival will be held between September 6 and 16, screening over 350 films from around world.

Lay chong nguoi ta is about a young husband and wife who have to deal with the husband's sterility. Another man, played popular stage actor Thai Hoa, shows up and gives the wife a child and then tragedy strikes.

The film was produced by Hanoi's BHD Company. It is expected to be released in Vietnam on September 21.


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In 2007, Huynh's "The White Silk Dress," which is about Vietnamese poverty and hardship, represented Vietnam at the 80th Oscar Awards in the best foreign language film category but was not shortlisted by the Academy.

His Huyen thoai bat tu (Legend Is Alive), a martial arts film, was a box office hit during the Lunar New Year (Tet) film season in 2009.

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