Vietnamese director introduces unfinished movie at Cannes

HA NOI – Director Nguyen Hoang Diep will present a short film entitled Hai, Tu, Sau (Two, Four and Six) at the Cannes film festival.

She said she hoped to find funding to make a movie she is planning entitled Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung (Flapping in The Middle of Nowhere).

Diep, 30, said the project was listed in the Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde category on May 16-25 at the festival, which is designed to help movie directors in developing countries produce their first or second films.

"I chose the name since I want to express the confusion people feel when they are not able to fly high but do not feel safe enough to land. That's why they keep flapping around in the middle of nowhere," Diep said.

"Fabrique Cinemas du Monde is definitely a good chance to promote my movie to the world and to find sponsors," she said.

The short film documents the life of Huyen, who is desperately trying to find money for an abortion. Eventually, a man offers help, but she is reluctant to take his money because he is in love with her.

The Vietnamese movie Canh Ba Ba (Turtle Soup), about two street kids who attempt to rescue a turtle from a restaurant, was among the best films in the 48-hour Film Project in 2011. It will be screened at Cannes this year. – VNS