“Nguoi Cong Su”(The Partner), produced by Vietnamese and Japanese filmmakers aboutfamous 20th-century Vietnamese nationalist Phan Boi Chau, won the GoldenLotus Award in the video category.
Golden Lotus Awards werealso granted to the cartoon “Bo Vang” (Golden Cow), science film “Bi Mat Tu Nhung Kho Tuong Co” (Secrets from Statues of Buddha),and two documentaries “Andre Menras – Mot Nguoi Viet ” (AndreMenras – A Vietnamese) and “Co Mot Co Hoi Bi Bo Lo” (There is aMissed Opportunity).
The Silver Lotus Awards went to video”Nuoc Mat Nguoi Cha” (The Father’s Tear), feature films “Lac Loi” (Lost) and ” Thien Menh Anh Hung” (The Blood Letter),cartoons “Tran Quoc Toan” and “Khoang Troi” (SkySpace), science film “Mua Chim Lam To” (The Season Birds MakeNest), and documentaries “Chuyen Dai o Benh Vien” (A LongStory in Hospital) and “Ky Uc Mot Thoi” (One-time Memory).
“Nguoi Cong Su”‘s main actor Pham Huynh Dong and “NhungNguoi Viet Huyen Thoai”‘s Truong Minh Quoc Thai received the BestActor in video and feature movie, respectively. Meanwhile, actresses VanTrang in “Scandal – Bi Mat Tham Do” and Tang Bao Quyen in “Nhung Nguoi Viet Huyen Thoai” shared the Best Actress awards.
The Best Director awards went to Nguyen Hoang Lam with “BiMat Tu Nhung Kho Tuong Co” (science), Tran Khanh Duyen with “Bo Vang” (cartoon), Nguyen Mong Long with “Co Mot Co Hoi BiBo Lo” (documentary), Tran Trung Dung with ” Nuoc Mat NguoiCha ” (video), and Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu with “Thien Menh Anh Hung ” and ” Scandal – Bi Mat Tham Do “.
The audience’s award went to “Nhung Nguoi Viet HuyenThoai” and “Nha Co Nam Nang Tien” (Family with FiveFairies).
Filmmakers need to promote local tourism, said speakersat a conference on the sidelines of the 18th National Film Festival inthe northern province of Quang Ninh.
“Cinema’spotential for promoting tourism has not been effectively exploited,”said Ngo Phuong Lan, head of the Cinema Department. “To fulfill thattask, we need more effective co-operation between State cinema andtourism management agencies, film studios and tourism agencies.”
Hoang Thi Diep, deputy general director of the Vietnam NationalAdministration of Tourism, agreed, saying that cinema could be one ofthe best ways to boost tourism.
Making movies that promotedtourism was not difficult, said director Do Minh Tuan, as film directorscould easily set scenes at beautiful locations.
“Quang Ninh,with the famous Ha Long bay and Yen Tu mountain, has inspired manyfilms,” Lan said, citing documentaries like “Dao Ngoc Co To” (Co To Gem Island) and “Nguoi Dat Mo” (People of Coal MineLand) as well as fiction films like “Con Loc Bien” (SeaWhirlwind) and “Ky Niem Doi Trang” (Memory of Moonlit Hill).
People’s artist, director Luong Duc, who has made eightdocumentaries on Ha Long bay, proposed a policy shift. Rather thanfacilitating investors to direct filmmakers as at present, he said, thenew policy should actively encourage filmmakers to be creative.
Movies like “Indochine” [by director Regis Wargnier] and “The Lover” [by Claude Berri] had helped draw French tourists toVietnam, said French journalist Frederic Ferrer.
He mentionedthe first Vietnamese Film Festival in France, to be held next June, as awonderful chance to promote the country as a tourist destination. Ifthe film festival were organised regularly, the number of Frenchtourists flocking to Vietnam would certainly increase, he said.
Also in the framework of the film festival, actors met with workers atCua Ong Coal Mining Company on October 15 to talk and sing together.
Marquee names like Tra Giang, The Anh, Thanh Quy and Bui Cuong as wellas young actors like Van Trang and Khuong Ngoc recalled old Vietnamesefilms featuring local coal miners and their enthusiastic support duringthe filming process in the province.-VNA
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