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Touching Trailer Revealed for Un Certain Regard’s ‘Viet and Nam’

French sales agent Pyramide International has dropped a dark and subtle trailer for “Việt and Nam” a gay drama about two young miners who must complete a mission before fate pulls them apart.

Directed by Vietnamese auteur Trương Minh Quý, the film plays at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard with its world premiere on May 22.

Per a synopsis from lead producer Epicmedia: “Nam and Việt, both young miners, cherish fleeting moments, knowing that one of them will soon leave for a new life across the sea. But the departure cannot happen as, lying in a far-off forest is Nam’s father, a soldier, whose remains they’re compelled to find. Together, following the mysteries of memories and dreams, they retrace the path to the past.”

The film is the third feature by Trương Minh Quý, who previously made a splash by taking part in the 2012 edition of the Busan festival’s Asian Film Academy and followed up with his second feature “The Tree House” that appeared in the Locarno festival’s Filmmakers of The Present competition.

He has previously experimented with combining abstract concepts-images with realistic improvisations during shooting. The atmospheric look of “Việt and Nam” is enhanced by filming on 16mm film stock.

Having done the rounds of international project markets, the film is structured as an eight-country co-production. In addition to Bradley Liew and Bianca Balbuena at Epicmedia, co-producers on the film include Marie Dubas (Deuxième Ligne Films, France), Lai Weijie (E&W Films, Singapore), Lorna Tee and Joost de Vries (An Original Picture, Netherlands), Stefano Centini (Volos Films Italia, Italy), Christian Jilka (Scarlet Visions, Germany), Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang (Lagi Limited, Vietnam) with Alex Lo (Cinema Inutile, U.S.) as executive producer.

Watch the trailer here:

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