50 Years of Vietnam-Italy Relations: Bridging Cultures Between Two Nations

Vietnam and Italy have enjoyed a 50-year relationship characterized by friendship and cooperation, despite the distance between the two countries.

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The film Hoa Nhai (Jasmine) by Vietnamese director Dang Nhat Minh has been screened in Italy as part of activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Italy diplomatic relations, VNA reported.

The event was jointly organized by the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy, the Administration of Rimini city, Italy – Vietnam Foundation, Fulgor Cinema, Fellini Film Library and Museum, Rotary Clubs in Romagna, Rimini, Rimini Riviera and Cervia Cesenatico.

50 Years of Vietnam-Italy Relations: Cultural Connecting The Two Peoples
Delegates at the film screening. Photo: VNA

Marco Leonetti, who is in charge of Rimini Film Library and Museum, said the screening of the Vietnamese film is one of the special activities that the museum is organizing to further promote relations between the two sides, especially cooperation in terms of art and culture.

Nguyen Thai Hoc, Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy emphasized that the event marks another step forward in cultural and art collaboration between Vietnam and Italy, adding that it is even more meaningful as it was held in the city of Rimini, the hometown of the late talented director Federico Fellini.

He said “Jasmine”, which is among those attending the Asian Film Festival in Rome in May this year, is one of the typical films of Vietnam recently, depicting the normal life in Vietnam with vivid images of the Vietnamese land and people in the modern time.

The film is about human relations during the busy life in an urban area. The characters include a shoeshine boy, a Hanoi sidewalk barber, an old couple, and an old musician who teaches a choir of blind children. The film focuses on kindness and concern for others which always connects people and makes everything firm and meaningful.

Sending greetings from Hanoi, director People’s Artist Dang Nhat Minh expressed his honor to introduce his new film Jasmine at the cinema and museum named after Fellini, the teacher of world cinema. He hopes the film will be like a “bouquet carrying fragrance from Hanoi”, a cultural bridge between the two peoples of Italy and Vietnam.

50 Years of Vietnam-Italy Relations: Cultural Connecting The Two Peoples
At the opening of the culture promotion and exchange program in Turin. Source: Embassy of Viet Nam in Italy/FB

The Vietnamese Embassy in Italy also held a series of activities in the city of Turin to promote the bilateral partnership in politics, economy, and culture to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy.

Ambassador Duong Hai Hung on November 9 had a working session with Vice Mayor of Turin Michela Favaro who underlined that Turin and Vietnamese localities boast great cooperation potential and opportunities.

During his stay in Turin, Ambassador Duong Hai Hung also had meetings with leaders of major local businesses to discuss specific measures to promote their collaboration with Vietnamese partners.

50 Years of Vietnam-Italy Relations: Cultural Connecting The Two Peoples
At an event to introduce Vietnamese traditional cuisine. Source: Embassy of Viet Nam in Italy/FB

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy also organized a program on Vietnamese culture promotion and exchange at the University of Turin, which comprised an art exhibition, and an event to introduce Vietnamese traditional cuisine.

Principal of the University of Turin Stefano Geuna said that the university plans to launch a Vietnamese faculty in 2024, becoming the third university in Italy to teach the Vietnamese language.

Within the program’s framework, a talk show on the similarities between the cultures of Vietnam and Italy was also held, gathering a large number of Vietnamese and Italian cultural experts.

In the presentation “Chao Ciao Italy”, Vietnamese Cai Luong artist Linh Huyen highlighted the similarities in cultural traditions, in a typical Vietnamese and Italian family. For example, the role of the mother who is in charge of almost everything at home, the extended family with three generations living together, the custom of worshiping the Kitchen God found in Italy’s Pompeii and Vietnam’s localities.

On this occasion, Italian designer Maria Elena Di Terlizzi introduced two ‘ao dai’ she made with materials entirely made in Italy, but have a traditional Vietnamese ao dai design.

The designer expressed her wish to organize an ‘ao dai’ show shortly to promote Vietnamese costumes made with Italian materials.

Hannah Nguyen