Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Ho Thi Thanh Truc said that the show aims to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Furthermore, it also helps to introduce Vietnamese landscapes and the daily lives of local people to Sri Lankan citizens, as well as friends from across the world, she noted.

This is the fourth time that the Vietnamese Embassy in Sri Lanka has organised the film show in Colombo.

Running with a different theme for each organisation, the event has left a deeply positive impression on Sri Lankan people, helping them to gain greater understanding about Vietnamese history.

K.P. Jayantha, director of the Mass Media Ministry, shared that the two countries boasted many similarities in terms of geography and culture, making it easy for both sides to understand each other.

This year Vietnamese films on show convey messages of family affection, homeland love, and student love, drawing plenty of attention from Sri Lankan audiences, he stressed.

The three-day event opened with a showing of the film Hạnh Phúc Của Mẹ (The Happiness of a Mother) that tells a moving story of a mother suffering from terminal cancer who tries her best to help her little son diagnosed with autism.

Mắt Biếc (Dreamy Eyes) was also screened, with the film produced by Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu and awarded the Golden Lotus, often dubbed the Vietnamese Oscars, for best picture at the 22nd Vietnam Film Festival in 2021.

Another movie selected for the screenings was Thạch Thảo (Forget Me Not) which tells a beautiful love story of two high school students.