Bi, Don't Be Afraid ! by Phan Dang Di
  • Cannes Critic’s Week 2010 – SACD Prize & ACID/CCAS Support
  • Vancouver IFF 2010 – Special Mention
  • Hong Kong Asian FF 2010 – New Talent Award
  • Stockholm IFF 2010 – Best First Feature Film, Best Director
  • Angers Premiers Plans 2011 – Grand Jury Prize
  • California ViFF 2011 – Grand Jury Prize

In old Hanoi, Bi, a six-year-old, lives with his parents, his aunt, and their nurse. His favorite place to play is an ice factory. After years of absence, Bi’s grandfather returns from abroad, seriously ill, and stays with them. Gradually, a relationship is forged between Bi and his grandfather as Bi’s father drifts farther from the family. Each night, his father gets drunk and seeks comfort in the arms of a hairdresser who he is infatuated with. His mother turns a blind eye and showers the grandfather with affection. Bi’s aunt, a prudish high school teacher, meets a high schooler on a bus. Her attraction to him upsets her.

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  • The grand father : Trân Tiên
  • The nurse : Mai Châu
  • The father : Nguyên Hà Phong
  • The mother : Nguyên Thi Kiêu
  • The aunt : Trinh Hoa Thúy
  • Bi : Phan Thành Minh

  • Autor and Director : Phan Dang Di
  • First Assistant Director : Jenny Trang Le
  • Cinematographer : Pham Quang Minh
  • Editor : Julie Beziau
  • Music Composer : Vu Nhat Tan
  • Sound Editors : Franck Desmoulins & Roman Dymny
  • Sound Mixing Engineer : Roman Dymny
  • Postproduction Directors : Arnaud Soulier, Nicolas de Château Thierry
  • Production Designers : Bui Minh Tuan, La Quy Tung, Nghiem Quoc Cuong
  • Wardrobe and Make Up : Nguyen Diem Huong
  • Executive Producer : Nguyen Hoang Diep
  • Producer : Claire Lajoumard – Acrobates Films
  • Co-production : ARTE France Cinéma
  • Associated Producers : Sudest-Dongnam Tran Anh Dung / Henri & Dominic Scriven

Phan Dang Di’s films have been screened at festivals globally, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Hong-Kong, Moscow, Stockholm, Vancouver, and Busan. He won the ACID and SACD prizes at Cannes for his first film, “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid !” His second film, “Big Father, Small Father, and Other Stories” was selected for the Golden Bear prize of Berlin.  He is also a professor of Cinema History and screenwriting. Furthermore, he is the founder and president of Autumn Meeting, which meets every year with the new generation of Vietnamese and Asian filmmakers.

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