Apart from “Mui co chay” (The smell of burning grass), “Tam hon me” (The Mother's Heart) and “Hot boy noi loan...” (Lost in paradise) which are the early comers, three other Tet movies including “Le phi tinh yeu” (Fee of love), “Hello co Ba” and “Vu dieu duong cong” (The dance of curves) have been signed up to compete for the title.
The 2011 blockbuster “Long Ruoi” which reaped a box office record of VND 40 billion (USD 2 million) in the domestic market and the controversial action film “Lenh xoa so” are also among the nominees.
“Do hay day” (Here… or There?), a film which competed for New Currents award at 2011 Busan International Film Festival by overseas Vietnamese director Siu Pham completes the nomination list.
However, newly released films that have caught press and audience attention recently such as “Thien menh anh hung” (Blood letter) or “Loi nguyen huyet ngai” (The Curse of Blood Wormwood) are not in the list.
Thus, Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat, deputy head of the Vietnam Cinema Association said although the official deadline for film producers to register their works closed on Wednesday, they will wait for more applications to come until early March.
However organizers have yet to unveil their judges’ names, saying they were considering a few names and would announce the panel soon.
The event’s official press conference is held on March 1, followed by a film seminar for industry professionals on March 10. Free screenings of nominated movies will also be organized this year, as side activities of the event.
First held in 2003 by the Vietnam Cinema Association, besides big screen movies, Canh Dieu Vang also grant awards to outstanding television dramas, documentaries and scientific documentaries and animations.
The 2012 Canh Dieu Vang Awards will be held at Vietnam – Russian Cultural Center on March 17 and directed by journalist Trinh Le Van.