VietNamNet Bridge - Actress Hai Yen, who is international known for “The Quiet American,” “Story of Pao,” “Adrift,” and “The Floating Lives” will return to the big screen in the new movie by Phan Dang Di – “Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories.”


Do Hai Yen and two actors starring in the new movie by Phan Dang Di.

“Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories” is the second film directed by Phan Dang Di after “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid.” In this project, Do Thi Hai Yen will be the leading actress and the producer.

On July 2, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) of the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany) announced the four film projects that are funded by WCF in 2013, including “Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories.”

This project defeated over 130 projects from 48 countries to get Eur40,000 from the WCF. The three remaining projects include “Titulo” of Argentina with Eur50,000 of funding, Pelo Malo of Venezuela and Valley of Lebanon with Eur30,000 each.

WCF was founded by the Berlin Film Festival and the German Federal Cultural Foundation in 2004, funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Goethe Institute. Many movie projects supported by the WCF won prizes at the world's top film festivals, such as “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand with the Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and “The Milk of Sorrow” by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, with the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival 2009.

Phan Dang Di was previously funded by the WCF to produce his first film “Bi, Don’t Be Afraid” in 2008. This film then won two prizes at the Critics Week category of the Cannes Film Festival 2010. Last year, a film project directed by Nguyen Hoang Diep with Phan Dang Di as the producer – “Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere” - received the WCF’s Eur50,000.

The latest project by Phan Dang Di tells the story about kids trying to scrape out a living on Saigon's mean streets – so desperate that they will allow themselves to be sterilized for cash.

Before getting WFC support package, Phan Dang Di brought his project to many international film festivals and forums to seek financial partners. The project was introduced at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2011; Ties That Bind - the forum of Asian and European film-makers; the Udine Film Festival in Italy; Busan International Film Festival 2011; Paris International Film Festival 2011 and the Berlin International Film Festival 2013.

This independent film project also received additional financial support from Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands) and the Centre for Vietnam Culture Development Support (A&C).

The project will be kicked of later this year.

T. Van