Vietnamese films enter Toronto, Montreal film festivals

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Two Vietnamese films will screen at the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada this month and next.

Tam hon me (Mother's Soul) by director Pham Nhue Giang will be one of the 432 films from 80 countries and territories worldwide to be shown at the Montreal event August 23 until September 3.

The film features a single mom's complicated life with her two children. Teenage actress Phung Hoa Hoai Linh was awarded Best Female Actor at the 8th International Asia Africa Film Festival in Dubai last year for her role as a little girl named Thu in the film.

Pham Nhue Giang's feature film also won Best Feature Film Award at the Golden Kite Award held early this year in Hanoi.

Lay chong nguoi ta (In the Name of Love) by director Luu Huynh will make its world debut at the Toronto festival's Contemporary World Cinemas category, along with 62 other features September 6-16. The event will feature over 300 films from 60 countries and territories worldwide.

Lay chong nguoi ta will compete for the People's Choice Award, the only award at the event. Lay chong nguoi ta features a love triangle inspired by tragic Greek myths.

In Vietnam, Lay chong nguoi ta is scheduled to open in theaters on September 21.

Last year, the gay film Hot boy noi loan (Lost in Paradise) by director Vu Ngoc Dang was Vietnam's only representative at the Toronto Film Fest. 

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