In old Hanoi, Bi, a six-years-old child, his parents, his aunt and their servant are living together in one house. His favourite playground is an ice factory. After years of absence, his grandfather, gravely ill, returned from abroad and settles home. Gradually, a relationship grows between Bi and his grandfather. Meanwhile the father distances himself from his family. Every night he gets drunk and goes to seek solace with a masseuse who he lusts. Bi’s mother turns a blind eye and transfers her affection to the grandfather. The aunt is a very prudish high-school teacher. One day she passes a schoolboy in the bus. The attraction she feels for him disrupts her life.
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A coproduction Acrobates Films, ARTE France Cinéma, Sudest-Dongnam, Vblock Media Joint Stock Company (Vietnam) and TR9 Film (Germany), with the support of Fonds Sud Cinéma, World Cinema Fund (Berlin), Région Ile de France, Pusan Promotion Plan.
World sales and French distribution : ACROBATES FILMS Theatrical releases : France, Vietnam, Poland, Taiwan Contact for Festivals : Pascale Ramonda – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Critic’s Week – Cannes 2010 / SACD prize and ACID/CCAS support • Jury Prize : Festival Premiers Plans, Angers 2011 • La Toile de Lumière, Festival du Film asiatique de Tours 2011 • Special mention at Vancouver Film festival 2010 – Dragons and Tigers Competition • New talent award, Hong Kong Asia Film Festival 2010 • Best Feature and Best Cinematography at Stockholm International Film Festival 2010 • Best Photography at Mediawave Gyor 2011 50 selections at International Film Festivals.
The grandfather : Trần Tiến The stove : Mai Châu The father : Nguyễn Hà Phong The mother : Nguyễn Thị Kiều Trinh The aunt : Hoa Thúy Bi, the little boy : Phan Thành Minh The coiffeuse : Hoàng Phương Thảo The student : Lê Huỳnh Anh Thuy’s fiancé : Thạc Kim Long An, Bi’s friend : Phạm Hoàng Hà Hưng, the young worker : Hoàng Tuấn Anh
Scriptwriter : Phan Đăng Di First director assistant : Jenny Trang Lê Cinematography : Pham Quang Minh Editor : Julie Beziau Music composer : Vũ Nhật Tân Sound editors : Franck Desmoulins / Roman Dymny Sound mixing : Roman Dymny Postproduction manager : Arnaud Soulier Postproduction manager image : Nicolas de Château Thierry Set designers : Bùi Minh Tuấn / Lã Quý Tùng / Nghiêm Quốc Cường Wardrobe and Make-up : Nguyễn Diễm Hương Delegate Producer : Claire-Agnès Queva Lajoumard Producers Vietnam : Nguyễn Hoàng Điệp / Henri Trần Anh Dũng / Dominic Scriven