There will be a post-screening discussion with the film’s director, producer and cinematographer.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Alternative Title: Vị
Director: Lê Bảo
Runtime: 97 minutes
Country: Singapore, France, Thailand, Germany, Taiwan
Language: Yoruba, Vietnamese (with English subtitles)
Rating: R21 (Nudity and Sexual Scenes)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD (ENCOUNTERS COMPETITION)
Berlin International Film Festival 2021
GRAND PRIZE (INTERNATIONAL NEW TALENT COMPETITION)
Taipei Film Festival 2021
SPECIAL MENTION (PRIX DE L’INNOVATION DANIEL LANGLOIS)
Festival du nouveau cinéma 2021
Bassley, a Nigerian footballer, is stuck in the labyrinthine slums of Ho Chi Minh City after a leg injury ends his career. He retreats to a derelict building with four Vietnamese women, Mien, Trang, Hanh, and Thuong, whom he does odd jobs for. Together, they cook, bathe, watch television, have sex, and care for a piglet—each moment a stoicly wordless ritual punctuated by rare peals of hysterical laughter. The world suspended between the five of them becomes a respite, however fragile, from their unsaid yet ever-looming predicaments.
As much a hypnotic study of bodily poetics as it is a rumination on the promises of globalisation and its discontents, this entrancing feature-length debut heralds the arrival of a potent new voice in Southeast Asian cinema.
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