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    2030

    Nuoc

    Directed by

    Vietnam

    2013

    98 min

    • Vietnamese

    Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

    It is the year 2030. Catastrophic climate change as a result of global warming means that most of the arable land in southern Vietnam is now below sea level. Most of the population has already been evacuated, but Sao and her husband Thi refuse to leave their land. They are living in a stilt house and subsisting on the dwindling fish population. On floating farms along the coast, major multinational corporations are working on a secret project to create vegetables, now a rare commodity. When her husband is murdered, Sao gets a job at the floating farm where she suspects she may find his murderers. She discovers that the concern is making use of genetic engineering in its production and that the untested processes pose a huge health risk. Does the chief scientist, who was once her lover, have anything to do with her husband’s death? Her quest for the truth sucks her into a whirlpool of events which eventually see her faced with a dramatic decision. NUOC is a masterful, atmospheric weave of elements from different genres: part apocalyptic film, part sci-fi, part thriller and part romance.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Quýnh Hoa
    Quý Bính
    Screenplay
    Nguyễn-Võ Nghiêm-Minh
    Cinematography
    Bao Nguyen
    Editing
    Julie Béziau
    Music
    Inouk Desmers
    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM
    Production
    SAIGON MEDIA
    Production
    GREEN SNAPPER PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    "Feels like a kind of Beasts of the Southeast Asian Wild. Mostly set on floating rafts and boats, the mood is poetic and contemplative, the technical finish highly polished..."

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    "A lushly lensed sci-fi thriller-romance set in a futuristic Vietnam.. with its intriguing camera angles and gorgeous panoramic shots."

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    "Cinematographer Bao Nguyen mixes nautical lyricism with the tactility of sheer saturation."

    David D'Arcy, Screen International

    Nguyễn-Võ Nghiêm-Minh

    Nguyễn-Võ Nghiêm-Minh

    Vietnam

    Born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1956, he grew up in a small Vietnamese town during the war. After emigrating to France, he studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Poitiers. He then moved to the USA where he took a doctrate in Physics at UCLA. For many years he researched the interaction between light and sound before returning to UCLA to study screenwriting and directing, which he completed in 1998. His directing debut BUFFALO BOY (2004) screened at festivals including Toronto, Locarno and Busan and won numerous international awards.

    Selected Filmography