Vietnamese first homosexual movie released in foreign market

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Fortissimo Films, which opens the door for many Asian films to the western market, have decided to buy the rights of Lost in Paradise the only Vietnamese film at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year .

According to the film crew, Fortissimo Films acquired international distribution rights from the film's director Vu Ngoc Dang.

The deal was brokered by BHD-Vietnam Media Corp principals Ngo Thi Bich Hanh and Nguyen Bao Mai and Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner. The acquisition also marks the first time Fortissimo has picked up a Vietnamese production.

Founded in 1991, Fortissimo Films is well-known for its commitment to original and groundbreaking films and for nurturing relationships with talented new directors and producers.

Hot boy noi loan Cau chuyen ve thang Cuoi, co gai diem va con vit (Rebellious hot boy, and the story about a guy named Cuoi, a prostitute and a duck) is the original Vietnamese title of the Lost in Paradise.

It is the longest title of in local film industry so far.

This first local film featuring a homosexual theme will be screened during Discovery Programme, a program of 36th TIFF in Canada on September 8-18.

In Lost In Paradise, the director makes his progress in depicting the intersection of the daily lives of a gay couple, a mentally disabled man, and a female prostitute who found the world they are living is not the paradise they have reckoned. 

 It is his third feature after box office hits Nhung co gai chan dai (The leggy girls) (2004) and Dep tung centimet (Every inch of beauty) (2009).  

Two local actors, Luong Manh Hai and Ho Vinh Khoa, who play the gay couple in the film, will arrive in Canada on September 7 for the film's world premiere with the film crew.

Lost in Paradise won Thailand's Technicolor Award in 2010 and will premiere in Vietnam on October 14.

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