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Vietnamese film wins best short in Cannes

Friday, May 24, 2019, 19:12 GMT+7
Vietnamese film wins best short in Cannes
Director Pham Thien An (third right) appears onstage to receive the Directors’ Fortnight Illy Prize for best short film at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France on May 23, 2019.

Vietnamese one-shot movie Hay Thuc Tinh Va San Sang (Stay Awake, Be Ready) has won the Directors’ Fortnight Illy Prize, given to the best short or medium film in the section, at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France.

Set in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, Stay Awake, Be Ready tells the story of how a traffic accident brings together three young men at a street tall in the southern metropolis.

The one-shot, 14-minute film by young director Pham Thien An was done as part of a filmmaking project supported by South Korea’s CJ Group in Vietnam.

An, 30, realized his interest in cinematography and filmmaking after studying information technology in Ho Chi Minh City.

His previous work, The Mute, has travelled across several film festivals worldwide, according to an introduction on the Cannes Film Festival official website.

The film was presented with the Illy Prize for best short at a ceremony on Thursday.

A poster for Vietnamese short film ‘Stay Away, Be Ready’.

A poster for Vietnamese short film ‘Stay Away, Be Ready’

The Directors' Fortnight, known in French as Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, is an independent section held in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival.

It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild after the events of May 1968 resulted in the cancellation of the Cannes festival as an act of solidarity with striking workers.

French political drama Alice and the Mayor, directed by Nicolas Parisier, won Directors’ Fortnight biggest prize this year, the Europa Cinemas Label award, given to the best European film in the section.

The SACD Award for best French-language film went to An Easy Girl, while the Carrosse d'Or (Golden Coach) award was presented to American director John Carpenter.

A behind-the-scene photo of Vietnamese short film ‘Stay Away, Be Ready’.

A behind-the-scenes photo of Vietnamese short film ‘Stay Away, Be Ready’

The Cannes Film Festival, held in the namesake city in France, previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world.

The invitational festival is organized annually around May, and is one of the “Big Three” film fests alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy and Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival lasts from May 14 to 25.

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