Blessed Land
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    Blessed Land

    Mot Khu Dat Tot

    Directed by

    Vietnam

    2019

    19 min

    • Vietnamese

    Drama

    An old cemetery in the middle of a dune landscape: mother and son wander between graves in search of the resting place of the deceased father. Looking down from the opposing dune, a man watches them through binoculars. The dunes are now part of a golf course overlooking the city. The cemetery was sold, the old graves were excavated. The movements of the big fish in the pond are reminiscent of the eels in Volker Schlöndorff’s THE THIN DRUM. The man plays golf, and his young girlfriend thinks about plastic surgery. A re-zoning of towns and places in the course of society’s commercialisation. In elegant, carefully framed shots, Pham Ngoc Lan links the future and the present on equal terms. This narrative approach is enlightened by a different cultural understanding of life and death in the act of ‘being’. We do not remember, we are in our imagination.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Mention - Clermont-Ferrand SFF
    • Vienna Short Film Award - VIS Vienna Shorts
    • Silver Wolf for Best International Short Film - Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma
    • International Grand Prize - Kaohsiung Film Festival
    • Grand Prix - Uppsala International Short Film Festival

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    Credits

    Cast
    Minh Chau
    Hoang Ha
    Thuy Anh
    Huy Tien
    Screenplay
    Lan Pham Ngoc
    Cinematography
    Trang Cong Minh
    Editing
    Pham Thi Hao
    Production
    PHAM NGOC LAN
    Pham Ngoc Lan

    Pham Ngoc Lan

    Vietnam

    Pham Ngoc Lan is a Vietnamese film director with a background in urban planning and architecture. Lan’s debut short film THE STORY OF ONES (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums. His first two short fiction films, ANOTHER CITY (2016) and BLESSED LAND (2019) both premiered at the Berlinale Shorts Competition. His newest short film THE UNSEEN RIVER (2020), which is part of the anthology project ‘MEKONG 2030’, will premiere at the Pardi di Domani in Locarno Film Festival. Currently, Lan is developing his first feature film CU LI NEVER CRIES.

    Selected Filmography