The historical Vietnamese movieThang Long Aspiration will go through to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars next year.
A scene from the historical movie Khat Vong Thang Long (Thang Long Aspiration). – File Photo
HA NOI –
Directed by Luu Trong Ninh based on the script of Charlie Nguyen, the 110-minute Thang Long Aspiration (Khat Vong Thang Long) is about the childhood of Ly Cong Uan (974-1028) who became King Ly Thai To, the first king of the Ly dynasty.
The film stars Johnny Tri Nguyen, Quach Ngoc Ngoan and Dinh Toan.
The film beat two other two nominees, Canh Dong Bat Tan (Floating Lives) by director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh and Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Song About a Musician in Thang Long Citadel) by Dao Ba Son.
The three movies were the only eligible nominees to meet requirements for foreign films competing at the Oscars, including having good technical qualities set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"I was not surprised at the news but I was happy that my brainchild has been admitted," said director Luu Trong Ninh. "However, I don't think the film will get a prize. The most important thing is the film will reach a wider audience."
Ninh said also it was important that two of the three nominees [Floating Lives and Thang Long Aspiration] were made by private film companies.
"This means the judging panel had an objective and respectful look at products by private film makers which will encourage investment in this risky art."
Ngoan, who plays Ly Cong Uan, said he hoped international audiences would learn more about Vietnamese history and traditional culture through the film.
Le Minh Tam, director of Ky Nguyen Sang Company, which produced Thang Long Aspiration, revealed the film would also be screened at five universities and to Vietnamese communities in the US.
In 2006, Mua Len Trau (The Buffalo Boy) by director Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh was the first Vietnamese candidate at the Oscars. Then followed Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story) by Ngo Quang Hai, Ao Lua Ha Dong (Ha Dong Silk Dress) by Luu Huynh and Dung Dot (Don't Burn) by Dang Nhat Minh.
The Oscars 2012 awarding ceremony will take place at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, on February 26. The list of nominees will be announced in January. – VNS