Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories

Phan Dang Di
2015, 102'


Saigon, early 2000’s. Vu, a photography student, has just arrived in town. Immediately attracted to his handsome roommate Thang, a bouncer and low-level drug dealer, Vu starts following him on his escapades through the city’s nightlife, where he discovers a whole new world. He soon also meets Van, a sensual female dancer who maintains a casual relationship with Thang. The three of them develop an increasingly ambiguous friendship. One night, they are involved in a street fight and forced to flee to Vu’s native village. There they are warmly welcomed by his father, who seizes the occasion to introduce Vu to the wife he has chosen for him…

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Dny Viet Nam Productions (Vietnam), Acrobates Films (France), Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG (Germany), Volya Films (The Netherlands)
French Distribution : Memento Films

International Sales : UDI – Urban Distribution International

Berlinale – February 2015 – Official Competition

Festival of the 3 Continents, Nantes – Novembre 2015 – Youth Jury Award

Hong Kong IFF – April 2015 – Young Cinema Competition

Riviera Maya Film Festival – April 2015 – Authoral Panorama

Seattle International Film Festival – June 2015 – Asian Crossroads

Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival – June 2015 – Official Competition Narrative

Moscow International Film Festival – June 2015 – Tropic Euphoria

Lima International Film Festival – August 2015 – Around the World in 8 Days

Montreal World Film Festival – August 2015 – Focus on World Cinema

Zurich International Film Festival – September 2015 – Special Screenings

Vancouver International Film Festival – September 2015 – Dragons & Tigers

Busan International Film Festival – October 2015 – A Window on Asian Cinema

Mill Valley Film Festival – October 2015 – World Cinema

Bogota International Film Festival – October 2015 – Midnight Express

Chicago International Film Festival – October 2015 – World Cinema Program

Sao Paulo International Film Festival – October 2015 – New Directors Competition

Minsk International Film Festival – November 2015 – Official Competition

Stockholm International Film Festival – November 2015 – Asian Images

Five Flavours Film Festival, Poland – November 2015 – New Asian Cinema

Kolkata Film Festival – November 2015 – World Cinema

International Film Festival of India, Goa – November 2015 – Festival Kaleidoscope

Chéries-Chéris Festival, Paris – November 2015 – Official Competition

Singapour International Film Festival – December 2015 – Asian Vision

Kerala International Film Festival – December 2015 – World Cinema

Van : Hai Yen Do Thi

Vu : Hoang Le Cong

Thang : Vinh Truong The

Mr Sau (the father) : Phong Nguyen Ha

Tung (the singer) : Viet Mai Quoc

Cuong (the worker factory) : Hoang Le Van

Ms Phung : Trinh Nguyen Thi Kieu

Huong (the young woman) : Truc Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc

Mai (Tung’s sister) : Tu Nguyen Thien

Binh Boong (mafia guy) : Tam Chau The

Cuong girl’s friend : Dang Phan Thi Linh

Xuan (Vu’s sister) : Hong Do Thi Anh

Hong (Vu’s sister) : Hong Phan Thi Bich

Director : Phan Dang Di

Screenplay : Phan Dang Di

DOP : Nguyen K’Linh

Editor : Julie Béziau

Sound design : Franck Desmoulins

Sound engineer : Kien Ngo Quoc

Production designer: Phong Nguyen Dinh

Make up : Lilian Tran / Trinh Ton Nu Diem

Costume Designer : Ngoc Huynh My

Choregrapher  Anh : Nguyen Ngoc

Assistant director : Tina Xinh Xan

Production Manager : Hai Huynh Long

Colorist : Yov Moor

Producers :  Ngoc Tran Thi Bich, Claire Lajoumard

Coproducers : Markus Halberschmidt, Denis Vaslin