Following the success of the first three events, this year the European Vietnamese Documentary Film Week will be hosted by National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio of Vietnam from 8 to 18 June in Hanoi and by Fafilm Vietnam from 15 to 24 June in Danang.
Participating European countries are Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium and UK. Each night during the festival, a European and a Vietnamese documentary on the same theme will be shown to stimulate a dialogue on the differences between two documentary film-making techniques.
A wide range of themes will also be presented, with each film dealing with different current issues. Highlights of the festival are the Danish film ‘Mechanical Love’, which retells the interrelationship between robots and human and the French documentary “Dans Tes Yeux”, which follows the young, blind journalist Sophie and her dog Pongo as they travel to 40 unusual places around the globe.
With the resurgence of documentaries in the recent years, documentary filmmaking has taken its place next to feature films as a genre in itself, with its own codes, techniques and directors. The organizers of the Eurropean Vietnamese Documentary Film Week hope to buff the vitality of documentary filmmaking, ‘the cinema of reality’.
The festival will be hosted by National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio at No. 465 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Hanoi and Fafilm Vietnam at No. 79 Quang Trung Street, Danang. Another outstanding feature of this year’s festival is the “Day of the young filmmakers” which will be devoted to films by young Vietnamese filmmakers.
The even is open freely to public.