Film - CineRebels Competition


Directed by Minh Quý Trương


Director: Minh Quý Trương
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: France, Netherlands, Vietnam
Year: 2024
Language: Vietnamese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Thanh Hai Pham, Duy Bao Dịnh Dao, Thi Nga Nguyen, Viet Tụng Le, Ho Lan Le
18+ (no age rating)


A relationship caught between a buried past and a yearning for a better future.

As coal miners, Viêt and Nam spend a lot of time 1,000 meters below ground. As a couple, they attempt to dig into the past. Their search for Nam’s father, who disappeared during the war, takes them to the Cambodian border. Nam longs to leave everything behind and start a new life abroad.

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Photocredits: Nicolas Graux


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Meet the director


Minh Quý Trương

Minh Quý Truong was born in the Vietnamese city of Buôn Ma Thuột in 1990. After making several short films, he directed his first feature-length film, THE CITY OF MIRRORS: A FICTIONAL BIOGRAPHY (2016). His second feature film, THE TREE HOUSE, premiered at Locarno in 2019 and was subsequently screened at several festivals. VIÊT AND NAM is his third feature film; it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.


Screenplay: Minh Quý Truong
Original Material: Lai Weijie
Director of Photography: Son Doan
Film Editor: Félix Rehm
Composer: Vincent Villa
Production Designer: Trương Trung Dao
Producer: Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
Production Company: Epicmedia, E&W Films
Executive producer: Alex C. Lo
Co-Producer: Marie Dubas
Co-Production Company: Deuxième Ligne Films, An Original Picture, Lagi Limited
World Sales: Pyramide International