Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere

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    Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere

    Dap canh giua khong trung

    Directed by

    Vietnam, France, Germany, Norway


    99 min

    • Vietnamese


    A teenage girl gets knocked-up, she has to work as a prostitute to have money for the abortion since the young father of the baby is useless. Ironically, the only man willing to give her money is crazy about her pregnant belly. It gets more complicated when he makes her so happy that sometimes she forgets that the baby is growing bigger inside her.


    • FEDEORA Award for Best Film - Venice IFF
    • Best Director - IFF Bratislava
    • Special Jury Mention, Ecumenial Jury Award, Youth Jury Award - Fribourg IFF



    Thuy Anh Nguyen
    Bao Son Tran
    Ha Hoang
    Thanh Duy Pham Tran
    Diep Hoang Nguyen
    Quang Minh Pham
    Gustavo Vasco
    Jacques Comets
    Pierre Aviat

    Director's Statement

    At some point, in a quick moment in my life, I find myself observing the innocent face, and the bodies of adolescent people. And in such flashes, I also imagine them growing up, falling in love, maturing Huyen is living a normal life in rhythm with her times. Huyen is in love with Tung, a never-do-well boy with a spitting skill. She hasn't determined to stay with the relationship for a long term. Huyen gets pregnant, and both she and Tung want an abortion, rather casually and calmly. Huyen finds way to make money to pay for the abortion and the money comes from a man who actually likes her swelling stomach. Huyen hesitates, and the film rests on the hesitancy of a young and lonely pregnant woman. This idea came to me naturally, as I have read about and observed too many young pregnant women, and about the solutions they choose. For themselves, for the fetuses, and for their future. The sexual obsession and the bodily desires from the purest moments of love, moments of the most innocent emotions, stay with us for the longest. Sometimes we don't even recognize them until we meet a total stranger, and realize it's the stranger who holds the key to the desires we keep hidden for many years. Only when that key is pushed deep into our emotional lock can we understand how much we crave that liberation. But instead of happiness, we feel doubts. We are anxious in our fears.



    Diep's film offers a sensitive, sensual and surprisingly candid representation of sexuality and adolescence in Vietnam.

    Clarence Tsui, THR

    “For the sensual abilities this young director demonstrates while taking us on the odyssey of a young Vietnamese woman as she battles through the hardships of the chauvinistic society around her.”

    IFF Bratislava Jury

    Diep  Hoang Nguyen

    Diep Hoang Nguyen


    Nguyen Hoang Diep graduated from the Film Director's Programme at Stage and Film University in Vietnam. She has written for television and produced the feature BI, DON'T BE AFRAID (2010), which won the SACD and ACID awards at Cannes Critics Week. FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (2014) is her feature debut.