Get a taste of Vietnam and its film offerings in the very first Vietnamese Film Festival from Aug 23 to 29 at selected Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) cineplexes in Klang Valley (GSC Pavilion KL, GSC Mid Valley Megamall, GSC 1Utama), Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza) and Johor Baru (GSC Paradigm JB).
Organised by the GSC Group of Companies, in partnership with Vietnam’s Galaxy Studio, the inaugural Vietnamese Film Festival offers five titles that present the country, its people and culture, from different perspectives.
It is held in conjunction with the Vietnamese Independence Day on Sept 2.
“The films that we have brought in specially for the film festival cater to a variety of genres, including drama, comedy and romance. They have proven to be commercially successful in Vietnam, and we believe that they will do just as well in Malaysia.
“We expect this film festival to be an eye-opener for those who have not seen or experienced Vietnam, whether in travel, culture or food,” says Koh Mei Lee, chief executive officer of GSC.
She adds that these movies showcase some of the softer aspects of Vietnam, such as the beauty of its landscapes, the mannerisms and cultures of its people, as well as the sights and sounds the avid traveller would be familiar with.
Also, audiences who are looking for glimpses of life off the beaten track will not be disappointed.
“Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass, for instance, is shot in the coastal province of Phu Yen in Southern Central Vietnam, offering an atmospherically scenic view of Vietnamese life that most people would not have experienced or seen,” she notes.
GSC operates in 14 locations in Vietnam, through a partnership with film exhibitor, distributor and producer Galaxy Studio.
“Leveraging on our strong partnership with Galaxy Studio, we decided to collaborate as a group with GSC Movies to host the inaugural Vietnamese Film Festival. We see a positive growth and preference for Asian content in Malaysia, particularly with films from Japan, South Korea and Thailand, and believe there is a lot more room to diversify the content available to audiences,” says Koh.
After all, film festivals stimulate greater awareness of the arts and in bridging cultures, and the Vietnamese Film Festival selection wants to take it a step further by offering diversity in its lineup.
“Each film has different themes that will be enjoyed by different people. They showcase the versatility, talent, and quality of the Vietnamese movie industry. We believe that Malaysian audiences will be able to relate to the values, lessons and experiences of the characters within these stories,” she concludes.
Tickets for the Vietnamese Film Festival are RM10 and can be purchased from Aug 17 onwards, at the participating GSC outlets or at www.gsc.com.my. All movies are screened in Vietnamese with English subtitles.
Get a copy of Star2 today (Aug 14) for a coupon to redeem two tickets for a Hello Vietnam! screening at GSC Mid Valley on Saturday (Aug 18, 10am). Redemption starts 11am at GSC Mid Valley. While stocks last.
Here is a look at the Vietnamese Film Festival movies:
Hello Vietnam! (Da Co Hoai Lang)
Set in New York, this is the story of Ong Tu, an elderly man who escapes from his nursing home to celebrate his wife’s death anniversary. Together with his friend, Ong Nam, they reminisce about the good old days in Vietnam, even as he struggles to find common ground with his estranged granddaughter.
My Girlfriend Is The Boss (Ban Gai Toi La Sep)
Despite their workplace’s no fraternising policy, Cuong and Oanh have been happily seeing each other in secret. When they decide to get married, it becomes apparent that one of them must resign from the bank they work at. Who will it be? The answer might lie in that faulty ATM in town that is spewing a whole lot of cash…
Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass (Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh)
Tuong looks up to big brother Thieu, little knowing that beneath the brash confidence is a little boy full of insecurities. Thieu, on the other hand, envies his younger brother’s brains and affable personality. Enters a girl from the village, and their lives will never be the same again. This film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and has won several awards, including Feature Film of 2015 at the Silk Road International Film Festival in Ireland.
100 Days Of Sunshine (100 Ngay Ben Em)
A Vietnamese remake of a 2012 South Korean movie, Never Ending Story, where a famous beauty blogger crosses paths with a gamer. A series of tragic events unfold, and amid it all, plans are being made for a fake wedding.
When the woman he loves is forced to marry the local mobster to pay off her father’s debts, Tam jumps into action and recruits an unlikely partner to assist with the rescue mission. Expect plenty of laughs as deception and misdirection meet action in this fast-paced comedy.