Two Vietnamese Films Receive Four Nominations at ASEAN International Film Festival 2023

    Nguyen Hai Yen and Tran Ngoc Khuyen of Memento Mori: Dat have been nominated for best actress and best director of cinematography, respectively. Nha Uyen and Kim B of Dem toi ruc ro have also received nominations for best screenplay and best supporting actress.

    Directed by Marcus Manh Cuong Vu, Memento Mori: Dat follows the story of a young dying mother as she attempts to record farewell messages for her daughters and fights for an organ donation. The film has been nominated for the New Current Award at the Busan International Film Festival and Best Film at the BaliMakarya International Film Festival.

    Dem toi rực ro focuses on domestic abuse and revolves around the funeral of a grandfather whose family members believe they have inherited a fortune. However, they soon discover that their father lost the fortune gambling and now the mafia is coming to collect the debt. They must pay by sunrise, or there will be another funeral.

    The film is directed by American Aaron Toronto, who has won several awards including Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Leading Actress, Best Screen, and Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Kite Awards 2022 by the Vietnam Cinema Association. The movie also received the Best Story and Best Female Performance awards at the 2022 Santa Fe Film Festival in New Mexico, USA.

    Anh is the sole Vietnamese representative in the jury at the festival.

    The AIFFA was established in 2013 as a platform for ASEAN directors, cinematographers, actors, and fans to come together and celebrate outstanding films from the region.

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