Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2010 Post-Production Fund
|Project||Floating Lives (Canh Dong Bat Tan)|
Set in the exquisitely beautiful Mekong Delta of Vietnam, the film tells the story of Mr. Vu and his children: his daughter Nuong and his son Dien. Vu, a man wounded by his wife’s infidelity, has burned down his house and banished all memories of the past. He has restarted his life with his two children, living on a boat in a nomadic existence among the labyrinthic canals of the Mekong. Embittered by her betrayal, Vu takes his revenge on womankind by abusing those who fall in love with him, and increasingly his own daughter, who resembles her mother more each day. Vu is a man who can no longer believe in love, and this has affected his children, who are becoming emotionally twisted, inheriting their father’s hatred, distrust and coldness. They find redemption in Suong, a prostitute, whom they save from being beaten by an angry mob – it is through her physical and spiritual healing that the family finds reconciliation with love.
The film portrays the life of a family separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet containing within its microcosm the complex layers and dramas of human relationships: conjugal life, sexual trauma, and the failures and bonds of fatherhood, brother and sisterhood. It is about a unique social stratum in a remote place in Vietnam with unspoken traditions, customs and lifestyles. But most of all, it is the universal story of a family that like all other families has to find strength and direction in each other to navigate their way through the choices and consequences that make up human existence.