Curtain raised on fifth Hanoi International Film Festival

Sunday, 2018-10-28 14:34:44
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Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, and Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung, present flowers to members of the jury board.
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NDO – The fifth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF 5) officially opened at the Hanoi Friendship Cultural Palace on October 27 evening, under the theme “Cinema: Integration and Sustainable Development”.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, representatives from central ministries, department and sectors, and the Hanoi authorities, alongside well-known film-makers, film directors, and actors, from both at home and abroad.

In his opening remarks, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, emphasised that HANIFF 5 honours true cinematic art talents and moves towards human values and the spirit of friendly cooperation.

The festival has expanded its film categories to the cinemas of all countries and territories, providing big opportunities for Vietnamese and international cinema artists to exchange and learn from each other’s experience, contributing to the development of the cinema industry in Vietnam, the region and around the world, he said.

A total of 147 movies from nearly 50 countries and territories worldwide will be screened during the five-day festival, promising to provide the audience with unique experiences of various cultures around the world. Vietnam has sent one long and 10 short films to compete at the fifth event, while 35 others in various genres will be screened in the world cinema panorama programme and Vietnam contemporary film programme.

Within the framework of HANIFF 5, two seminars will be held to share the experience of filmmakers from Poland and Iran. A HANIFF script-writing camp, film project market, free screenings, and film discussions will also be arranged.

Prior to the opening ceremony, the red carpet programme welcomed the presence of many People’s Artists and Meritorious Artists of Vietnam, members of the jury board, as well as well-known film directors, actors and producers, both at home and abroad.

Earlier in the afternoon, “Shoplifter”, a Japanese film by director Hirokazu Kore-eda, was screened to open the HANIFF 2018.