As I Lay Dying

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    As I Lay Dying

    Khi tôi nằm chết

    Directed by

    Vietnam

    2017

    19 min

    • Vietnamese

    Experimental

    After having a weird dream of drowning in water, Thanh went to a psychic, who performed spirit medium ritual, to get answers. The psychic gave Thanh a gold Buddha necklace for protection and asked her to come along with him to a temple to pray for blessings. On the way there, Thanh saw a young girl of 10-12 years old, seemingly a ghost haunting her. She also had another dream in which she was a film director and in the film, the psychic was the male lead named Nam and the ghost was the female lead named Trang. Nam was Thanh’s boyfriend but their relationship was in dry spell and Nam kept playing around Trang. He gave Thanh a gold Buddha necklace but Thanh returned it to him. Thanh got jealous with Trang and simultaneously, she had different illusions both awake and in her dreams, in which she performed spirit medium ritual, underwater dreams and the talk with the psychic led her to the gold necklace and her last dream. She found out that Trang got the necklace from Nam and while fighting, Thanh killed Trang and dragged her into water. After finding out the trauma which seemed to happen in the same reality, the psychic pushed Thanh into the river. That’s when she woke up from all the dreams. It turned out that she was traumatized because of an abortion she had a year ago and Nam was her husband. Thanh and Nam both sitting in the same restaurant she dreamt of, saying the lines of dying characters in the movie she made in her dream.

    Credits

    Cast
    Truong Hoang An
    Ngoc Nick M
    Ha Thien Trang
    Screenplay
    Le Quynh Anh
    Cinematography
    Be Van Tam
    Trinh Quang Linh
    Production
    LE QUYNH ANH
    Anh Le Quynh

    Anh Le Quynh

    Vietnam

    Le Quynh Anh is a producer and filmmaker based in Hanoi, Vietnam. She graduated from Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, majoring in Film Directing. She is an alumni of Fantastic Film School 2018, Film Leaders Incubator 2017 and an artist of THINGS THAT REMEMBER, an international site-specific art shows since 2016. Currently, she is producing both short and feature film projects under the Hanoi Doclab banner, including her own debut feature. At Open Doors Lab, her goal is to deepen her potential as producer through improving her skills, expanding her professional network and finding international partnership to promote Vietnamese experimental cinema in the film festival circuit.

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