Vietnamese film to SSEAYP’s Oscar Film Festival by Vietnam’s Participating Youths

Web.HCYU. 06 December 2012. Vietnamese gay movie “Hotboy nổi loạn, chuyện cô gái điếm, thằng cười và con vịt (Lost in paradise)” was screened on Dec 1 to kick off the 39th SSEAYP’s Oscar Film Festival, held by Vietnam’s Participating Youths (PY) 2012.

The film of director Vu Ngoc Dang, which was awarded Best Script at Toronto Film Festival in Canada last year, was highly appreciated by more than 300 PYs from 11 Asian countries. According to Myint Lint from Myanmar, Lost in Paradise presents a new, interesting different aspect of Vietnam’s society from what he knew about Vietnam before.

“I am quite shocked because Vietnam and the director himself are so open about the gay, lesbian theme. In my country, it’s not like that, but the film itself is awesome,” Lint, a 22-year-old student from Yangon said.

Short films made by the PYs of all participating countries will be submitted and screened every day after the homestay program in Brunei (Dec 3-6) to compete for Best Script, Best Director, Best Actress and Actor and Best Picture Awards of the film fest.

The award ceremony will be held on Dec 10 at the Pacific Hall of the cruise Fuji Maru. Jury board includes 11 National Leaders of 11 countries as well as the program’s administrators.

SSEAYP’s OSCAR Film Festival is one of several cultural activities of Vietnam contingent during the SSEAYP program (Oct 23-Dec 14), held by Japan government since 1974, to enhance mutual understanding as well as promote cultures between Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries.

This year, the ship has visited Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

Click here for 2012 SSEAYP's photo show.