When I Am 20
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    When I Am 20

    Khi Toi 20

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    20 min

    • Vietnamese

    Drama, Short

    Venice IFF - Orizzonti

    WHEN I AM 20 explores the relationship of a teenage couple, in which the girl works as a prostitute to help support her family.


    Phan Thi Vang Anh
    Phan Dang Di
    Phan Dang Di

    Phan Dang Di


    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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