Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2010 Projects

2010 Post-Production Fund

Project Floating Lives (Canh Dong Bat Tan)
Category Asian Project
Project Floating Lives (Canh Dong Bat Tan)
Director NGUYEN Phan Quang Binh
Country Vietnam
Director's Profile Quang Binh started directing career in 1996. He initially spent 15 years studying the fine art of painting at the Hanoi Fine Arts College. His first feature film: Song of the Stork (co-directed with Jonathan Foo) received the Best Feature Film award from Milano Film Festival in 2002 and was invited to many other film Festivals around the world including the Paris Film Festival, Taormina Film Fest, Montreal Film Festival, Quebec Film Festival, Bangkok Film Festival and Singapore Film Festival. Quang Binh is also the executive producer for The White Silk Dress, a feature film which is the official selection for New Currents Section at the Pusan International Film Festival, and many top box office movies and TV series in Vietnam including ‘Every Inch of Beauty’ and ‘The Brilliant Kisses’.
 
Synopsis
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.
Director's Note
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.
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