Bi, Don't Be Afraid!

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    Bi, Don't Be Afraid!

    Bi, dung so!

    Directed by

    Vietnam, France, Germany

    2010

    90 min

    • Vietnamese

    Drama

    From the director of BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market

    In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being absent for years, his grandfather, seriously ill, reappears and settles at their house. While Bi gets closer to his grandfather, his father tries to avoid any contact with his family. Every night, he gets drunk and goes and see his masseuse, for whom he feels a quiet strong desire. Bi's mother turns a blind eye on it. The aunt, still single, meets a 16-year-old young boy in the bus. Her attraction to him moves her deeply.

    Awards

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    • Best Screenplay, Cannes International Critic’s Week
    • Grand Jury Prize French Features, Premiers Plans Festival
    • Best Cinematography, Szombathely, Hungary

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Thanh Minh Phan
    Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen
    Ha Phong Nguyen
    Thuy Hoa
    Tran Tien
    Mai Chau
    Phuong Thao Hoang
    Huyhn Anh Lê
    Kim Long Thach
    Hoang Ha Pham
    Cinematography
    Quang Pham Minh
    Editing
    Julie Beziau
    Production
    ACROBATES FILMS
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK

    Press

    A Vietnamese mixture of muscular poetry and sexual candour

    BFI London Film Festival

    Phan Dang Di

    Phan Dang Di

    Vietnam

    I see that sometimes my characters are so stubborn. They don’t follow my lead, they act as if they were living in real life: unusually, meaninglessly, instinctively.

    Born in 1976 in Vietnam, Phan Dang Di teaches screenwriting at Hanoi National University. He graduated from Hanoi University of Cinema and Theatre. His first feature film, BI, DON’T BE AFRAID! (2010) won both the ACID and SACD Awards at Cannes and was screened in 50 international film festivals. His short, WHEN I AM 20 (2006) screened in competition at Venice 2008. His other short, LOTUS (2005), won a Special Award at the Vietnam National Short FFF and was selected at Clermont-Ferrand. He wrote the screenplay for the feature ADRIFT (2009) by Bui Thac Chuyen, which won the FIPRESCI Award in Venice. His feature BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES (2015) screened in competion at Berlin IFF.

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