‘Em Chua 18’ wins major triumph at Vietnam Film Festival 2017

Wednesday, 2017-11-29 11:08:21
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Director Le Thanh Son and actress Kaity Nguyen (second and third from left) honoured at the awards ceremony (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – ‘Em Chua 18’ (Jailbait) by director Le Thanh Son, overcame 16 other nominees to win the Golden Lotus Award for best feature film in the 20th Vietnam Film Festival, which wrapped up in Da Nang City on November 28.

The film also helped Kaity Nguyen to earn the Best Leading Actress Award. Following its nationwide screening, the film earned a record revenue of VND170 billion (US$7.48 million), making it the highest-grossing Vietnamese movie to date.

Meanwhile, Quy Binh took the Best Leading Actor Award for his role in ‘Bao Gio Co Yeu Nhau’ (When Will We Love).

Young actress Ha My was named as the best supporting actress for her role in ‘Co Gai Den Tu Hom Qua' (The Girl from Yesterday), while Nhan Phuc Vinh walked away with the best supporting actor prize for his role in the film ‘Dao Cua Dan Ngu Cu’ (The Way Station).

Two Silver Lotus Awards in the feature film category were awarded to Co Hau Gai (The House Maid) and Cha Cong Con (Father and Son).

The Golden Lotus Awards in the three categories of documentary, scientific and animated film were presented to ‘Song Va Ke Lai’ (Live and Tell) by director Nguyen Hoang Lam, ‘Mot Giai Phap Chong Xoi Lo Bo Bien’ (A Solution for Coastal Erosion) by director Phung Ngoc Tu, and ‘Cau Be Manocanh’ (The Mannequin Boy), respectively.

The organising committee also presented individual prizes for the best director, the best scriptwriter, the best cameraman, and the best sound and music in each category.

The Singaporean film ‘A Yellow Bird’ directed by K. Rajagopal won the Best Film Award at the ASEAN Film Awards, which was held for the first time as an initiative of Vietnam’s Cinematography Department, to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN.

Singaporean actor Sivakumar Palakrishnan, who starred in the film, bagged the Best Actor Award, while his Philippine colleague Mary Joy Apostol was named as the Best Actress.