Vietnamese flick competes at Berlin film fest

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Vietnamese flick competes at Berlin film fest

A scene in the Vietnamese film ‘Memoryland’ by director Bui Kim Quy

‘Mien ky uc’ (Memoryland), a Vietnamese film by director Bui Kim Quy, is set to compete at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which opened as an in-person event in Berlin, Germany on Thursday.

The film was entered into the ‘Forum’ category of the prestigious film fest, which will showcase more than 250 films from 69 countries and regions, the Vietnam News Agency reported earlier this week.

‘Mien ky uc,’ which will compete for the Peter von Kant prize from French screenwriter and director François Ozon, was selected to screen at the festival’s opening ceremony.

This year’s Berlinale will be held under a different format than in previous years in order to mitigate exposure to COVID-19.

A poster for the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival which kicked off in Berlin, Germany, on February 10, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A poster for the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, which kicked off in Berlin, Germany, on February 10, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Specifically, audiences will have to wear face masks upon entering theaters, and theater capacities will be limited to 50 percent.

Eighteen films from 15 countries will compete for the Gold and Silver Bear awards, the festival’s two highest prizes.

The festival’s international jury, chaired by famed South Asian-American screenwriter, director, and producer M. Night Shyamalan, will decide which actors and films take home the prestigious awards.

Winners of the Golden and Silver Bear Awards, as well as the GWFF-sponsored Best First Feature Award and the Berlinale Documentary Award, will be announced on February 16.

The GWFF, commonly known as the Society for the Administration of Film and Television Rights, is a German organization which aims to safeguard film and television rights.

Berlinale’s ‘Public Day’ will be extended by four days, from February 17 until 20, during which festival entrants will be screened again at Berlinale theaters.

Berlinale Palast, in Berlin, Germany, where the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival opened on February 10, 2022, is seen in this image. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

This image shows Berlinale Palast in Berlin, Germany, where the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival opened on February 10, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

This year’s Berlinale will also award an ‘Honorable Golden Bear’ to French stage and film actress Isabelle Huppert for her contributions to the fest.

Huppert is known across the global film industry for her contributions to the art of cinema and the honors she has received at film festivals around the world.

Founded in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival is one of the three oldest and most reputable international film fests in the world, alongside France’s Cannes Film Festival and Italy’s Venice Film Festival.

Berlinale has become the world’s largest film festival, with over 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 attendees each year.

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