“Mu co chay” film crew receives the Golden Kite Award.
Among 12 feature films vying for the Golden Kite Awards this year, “Mui co chay” (The scent of burnt grass) directed by Huu Muoi won the highest award. This movie also received other important awards, including the Best Screenplay (poet Hoang Nhuan Cam), Best Cinematographer (Pham Thanh Ha) and Best Music (composer Do Hong Quan).
“Mui co chay” is one of the two state-funded movies competing at the Golden Kite Awards 2012. The film-making team also received a certificate of merit from the General Department of Politics of Vietnam People’s Army for the best war feature film.
“Hotboy noi loan” (Lost in paradise) by Vu Ngoc Dang, which had been considered as a big rival in the feature film category, was presented the best feature film award voted by the press. Hieu Hien was named “best supporting actor” for his role in this movie.
The Silver Kite Award went to “Long Ruoi” (The big boss) and “Saigon Yo!” This is a big surprise because they are both commercial films, which are not highly appreciated for illogical details.
However, chief judge, People’s Artist Bui Dinh Hac, explained that the criteria are different annually. This year the jury emphasized the creativeness, national characteristics, humanity and social effects. He said that the two movies were appreciated for their sociality.
The Vietnamese American director of “Long Ruoi,” Chalie Nguyen, took the Best Director award. The film also helped Thai Hoa to win the Best Actor award and Tina Tinh, also a Vietnamese American, to receive the Best Supporting Actress award.
Tina Tinh’s award is also a big surprise because her performance in this movie was not highly praised. In 2003, Tina Tinh won the Promising Young Actress title of the Golden Kite Award 2003 for her role in “The Joke of the God of Thunder.”
Quynh Hoa, who acts as Kim in “Sai Gon Yo”, was honoured as Best Actress.
Directors Bui Dinh Hac and Dang Nhat Minh were honoured for their contributions to the development of the national cinema.
This year’s prestigious award drew 137 entries that compete in seven categories, including scientific, documentary, short films, cartoon and TV series.
The Golden Kite Awards 2012 will be held in HCM City next March.
The Golden Kite Awards, which first started in 2003, is an annual event organized by Vietnam Cinema Association for feature, video and television films produced in the preceding year. The list of winners:
1. Feature film
Golden Kite Award: Mui Co Chay (The scent of burnt grass)
Silver Kite Award: Long Ruoi (The big boss) and Saigon Yo!
Certificate of merit: Hot Boy Noi Loan (The lost paradise)
Best Film voted by journalists: The lost paradise
Best Actor: Thai Hoa in The big boss
Best Actress: Quynh Hoa in Saigon Yo!
Best Supporting Actor: Hieu Hien in The lost paradise
Best Supporting Actress: Tina Tinh in The big boss
Best Screenplay: Hoang Nhuan Cam (The scent of burnt grass)
Best Cinematographer: Pham Thanh Ha (The scent of burnt grass)
Best Director: Charlie Nguyen (The big boss)
Best Music: Do Hong Quan (The scent of burnt grass)
Best Art Design: Ma Phi Hai (Blood curse)
2. Television film
No Golden Kite Award winner
Silver Kite Award: Fashion Technique, Saigon Commandoes
Certificates of merit: Aspiration for Joining the Upper Class, The Provincial Chairman
Best Director: Nguyen Duong (Aspiration for Joining the Upper Class)
Best Screenplay: Nguyen Manh Tuan (Fashion Technique)
Best Actor: Cao Minh Dat (Fashion Technique)
Best Actress: Elly Tran (Aspiration for Joining the Upper Class)
3. Short film
Golden Kite Award: "16:30" by Tran Dung Thanh Huy
Silver Kite Award: “Are you coming this Saturday?” by Le Phuong Mai and “Eye of the Door” by Huynh Viet Phuong
Certificate of merit: “Snake-head” by Do Quoc Trung, “Hole” by Le Binh Giang, “Going out with Rock” by Tran Ngoc Sang, “Blue Heart” by Dang Cao Cuong, “Trifle” by Nguyen Khac Huy and “Life Motive” by Chu Viet Nga.
4. Animated film
Golden Kite Award: Two Friends by Pham Hong Son
Silver Kite Award: The Peacock Feather by Pham Ngoc Tuan
Certificate of merit: Monster of the Lotus Lake by Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa, The Dream of A Musical Instrument by Tran Khanh Duyen
Best Director: Pham Ngoc Tuan (The Peacock Feather) Thanh Van