25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Ostin Fam
original title: Bình
running time: 22 min.
A visitor from outer space travels to Earth where he takes on the form of a Vietnamese boy. He witnesses the construction of a large temple and meets various different characters who, like him, are all looking for a place they can call home. This peculiar film benefits from the mysterious atmosphere of authentic Vietnamese locations.
Q&A with Ostin Fam:
Vietnamese director Ostin Fam is a film graduate at Wesleyan University in the US, where he received the award for best graduate film for his short/cut project. He is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, an association of independent New York filmmakers. He is active both in the United States and in Vietnam.
more about film
|cast:||An Ngo Xuan , Binh Bui Bai , Tra My Phan Thi|
|producer:||Lan Pham Ngoc|
|photography:||Dong Hoang Thanh|
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