The three-hour movie directed by Thien An has received positive feedback in various cinemas, such as MK2 Beaubourg, Reflet Medicis, Le Méliès, Forum des Images, and Luxor. Audiences have praised the beautiful imagery, impressive colors, and successful depiction of shimmering lights in the dark.
One French viewer named Arthur Aulin particularly enjoyed the movie’s visuals and said that it helped him gain a better understanding of Vietnamese culture and landscapes.
Phi Nga Fournier, an overseas Vietnamese living in France, expressed her pride in watching a Vietnamese film that won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. She paid special attention to the images and colors in the movie, noting that what may seem normal to Vietnamese viewers can be very interesting for foreigners.
The movie, “Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell,” tells the story of a man named Thien who is tasked with delivering his sister-in-law’s body to their countryside hometown after a tragic motorcycle accident in Sai Gon. Alongside him is his five-year-old nephew, Dao, who was miraculously saved from the accident. During their journey, they seek out Thien’s long-lost brother.
According to director Thien An, the movie took four years to complete, with shooting taking place in 2020, 2021, and 2022. It was chosen as the winner in the Directors Fortnight’s category of the Caméra d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, beating out 17 other competitors.
Thien An, 34, was born in Lam Dong province and graduated in Information Technology from Lotus University in Ho Chi Minh City. He has won several awards, including the 48 Hours Film Project in Ho Chi Minh City and the top prize at the CJ Short Film Making Project, one of Vietnam’s premier short film contests. In 2015, he moved to the United States and continued his work as a freelance filmmaker. His latest short film, “Câm Lặng” (The Mute), premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest in 2018.