The young director Pham Thien An (L) The movie surpassed nine other films from around the world to win the award at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 held from May 14-25 this year. The Directors’ Fortnight section aims to honour feature, short films and documentaries that do not compete in the main categories. Completed in 2018, the film “Stay Awake, Be Ready” is about a traffic accident in front of a sidewalk food stall that spontaneously connects the life of three young people. Cannes is one of the three biggest film festivals in the world. For the Director’s Fortnight section, the leading judge was Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, whose film “Embrace of the Serpent” received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016. The film will officially premiered at Cannes from the 23 and 24 of May and received a lot of positive feedback from the film community and international audience. Theo NDO … [Read more...] about Vietnamese film wins award at Cannes Film Festival 2019
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Pham Thien An (left) and a film crew member with the Cannes trophy. Photo taken from Pham Thien An's Facebook page The movie surpassed nine other films from around the world to win the award at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 held May 14-25 this year. The section, established in 1968, honors feature, short films and documentaries that do not compete in the main categories. Completed in 2018, Stay Awake, Be Ready, Hay Thuc Tinh va San Sang in Vietnamese, deals with a traffic accident in front of a sidewalk food stall that spontaneously connects the life of three young people. The film's director Pham Thien An told French magazine Polyester he came up with the idea one night he went out drinking with his friends. "I saw this boy who worked as a fire breather and after each performance he would go to each restaurant table and sell candies and ask for money. He would eavesdrop on a lots of stories every night," An said. A … [Read more...] about Vietnamese short film wins Cannes award
Last man standing -- Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (L) accepted the best picture Oscar for "The Shape of Water" from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2018. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
Viet Nam News BANGKOK — Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning the best actress prize at the colourful celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shock death. India’s biggest stars descended on the Thai capital late Sunday for a riotous evening filled with glamour and stunning dance routines at the International Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) annual awards ceremony, dubbed Bollywood’s Oscars. But two of the most prestigious prizes were awarded in the absence of their winners. Irrfan Khan, known internationally for his roles in blockbusters Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, scooped the prize for best actor in a leading role but did not attend the ceremony after revealing earlier this month that he had a rare tumour. The 51-year-old Indian actor, who was in the 2016 film Inferno alongside Tom Hanks, is one of Bollywood’s most globally-recognised exports, … [Read more...] about Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize at India film awards
China's gay community scored a victory after a massively popular social media platform reversed a ban on "homosexual" content, but challenges remain in a country where LGBT culture remains taboo in the entertainment industry. Gay-themed films struggle to make it into movie theaters, same-sex relationships are banned from television screens and gay content is forbidden on online streaming platforms. But the latest censorship move caused a public backlash that prompted Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like platform with 400 million active monthly users, to make a surprising about-face. The popular microblogging platform had abruptly announced last week that it was removing "illegal content" including "videos with pornographic implications, promoting violence or (related to) homosexuality." The move triggered an #IamGay campaign on the platform, with many calling for a boycott. Even the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People's Daily, posted an essay on Weibo promoting LGBT acceptance, though it … [Read more...] about #IamGay backlash a rare win for China’s LGBT community