Director Dang Nhat Minh, a renowned People’s Artist, was honored on November 12th for his outstanding film “Hoa Nhai” (Jasmine) at the prestigious sixth Hanoi International Film Festival 2022.

People’s Artist director Dang Nhat Minh receives the merit for his Hoa Nhai (Jasmine) movie at the sixth Hanoi International Film Festival 2022 on November 12. Photo: Tran Huan/The Hanoi Times

Dang Nhat Minh, who is 84 years old, is being credited by the Hanoi People’s Committee for his significant contribution to the development of the capital city. This decision was made on November 11.

“Hoa Nhai” represents Minh’s latest achievement in his filmography. The film proudly opened the highly anticipated sixth Hanoi International Film Festival on November 8, 2022, captivating and impressing the audience with its exceptional quality.

The movie portrays the lives of Duc, a 15-year-old boy, and other individuals as they leave their hometowns to pursue a livelihood in Hanoi.

The film showcases a vibrant depiction of the capital city during the early 2000s. Portraying the compassionate dynamic between Duc and his fellow citizens, the narrative emphasizes their mutual care and transformation into virtuous individuals. The storyline spans the transitional period between the 20th and 21st centuries.

Hoa Nhai was founded in 2019 under the leadership of Director Minh, who was 81 years old at the time. Despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the crew persevered and overcame numerous obstacles.

In his acceptance speech, Director Minh expressed gratitude, saying, “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my dedicated crew, dear friends, and supportive family for their unwavering support throughout the completion of our project.”

Director Dang Nhat Minh, born in 1938 in Hue, has garnered widespread recognition and accolades for his exceptional contributions to both Vietnamese and international cinema. His impressive filmography has earned him numerous prestigious awards and commendations.

Minh was honored with the title of People’s Artist in 1993 and was awarded the First-Class Labor Medal in 1998. In 2007, he received the prestigious Ho Chi Minh Award.

The sixth edition of the Hanoi International Film Festival 2022 was held from November 8 to November 12 in collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Hanoi People’s Committee.

The film festival continues to be a vibrant and thriving event that has played a significant role in showcasing Vietnamese films to a global audience.

Speaking at the closing ceremony on November 12, Director Vi Kien Thanh from the Cinema Department expressed his enthusiasm for the festival, noting its significance in the context of Vietnam and the international film community’s recovery from the two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 800 delegates from Vietnam and other countries participated in the event, which showcased over 120 films on screen over the span of five days. The event also included a wide range of activities related to the industry.

Bo gia (Old Father) film was awarded as the top Vietnamese movie by the audience. Additionally, Khu rung cua Pao (Pao’s Forest) won the accolade for the best short film at the festival.