Celebrating Vietnam-Italy Relations: Art Exchange Held

The exchange of cinema-related activities is serving as a bridge to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Vietnam and Italy.

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A variety of events have been organized to commemorate the anniversaries, such as the Vietnamese Film Day at the Asian Film Festival, a fashion show in Bologna and Napoli, a workshop on Vietnam’s situation and prospects in Milan, and a photo exhibition displaying the two countries’ solidarity and relationship.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung speaks at the opening ceremony of the event. Photo: VNA
Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung speaks at the opening ceremony of the event. Photo: VNA

A special Vietnam Day was celebrated on April 4 in Rome as part of the 20th Asian Film Festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

At the inauguration ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung emphasized the significance of the occasion, stating that it was part of the events held to commemorate the Vietnam-Italy Year 2023.

Cinema-related exchange, in particular, and cultural exchange, in general, will help to broaden and intensify the strategic partnership between the two countries, he said.

Four acclaimed Vietnamese films were showcased at the festival, including “Hoa Nhai” (Jasmine) directed by Dang Nhat Minh, “Dem toi Ruc ro” (The Brilliant Darkness) directed by Aaron Toronto, “Tro tan ruc ro” (Bright Ashes) directed by Bui Thac Chuyen, and “Memento Mori: Dat” (Memento: Water) directed by Marcus Manh Cuong Vu. These remarkable films have gone on to be featured in other prestigious international film festivals, further highlighting the excellence of Vietnamese cinema.

Many viewers expressed their excitement for the culture, life and scenery of Vietnam after watching the films.
Many viewers expressed their excitement for the culture, life and scenery of Vietnam after watching the films. Source: Embassy of Vietnam in Italy

Vietnam Day has given the Italian public and international friends a glimpse into the modern-day cinema of Vietnam. It is evident that, even though the Vietnamese film industry is still in its infancy, it has recently undergone a transformation, aptly reflecting the nation’s development and globalization.

Many guests shared their enthusiasm for the content, processing art, and particularly the humanistic messages that this year’s works present. They expressed their delight for the culture, life, and scenery of Vietnam after viewing the films.

The travelers were awestruck by the stunning array of photographs of the country and its people, as well as traditional Vietnamese dishes like nem (spring rolls) and banh ran (deep-fried sticky rice dessert).

The guests and audience who attended the Opening Ceremony and watched the film were also very impressed when they had the opportunity to enjoy a photo collection introducing the country and its people, along with traditional Vietnamese dishes
The guests and audience who attended the Opening Ceremony and watched the film were also very impressed when they had the opportunity to enjoy a photo collection introducing the country and its people, along with traditional Vietnamese dishes. Source: Embassy of Vietnam in Italy

According to Antonio Terminini, the director of the 20th Asian Film Festival, the theme of the films revolves around human relationships in the family and society, as well as addressing social issues that are pertinent to teenagers and women.

Recently, delegates gathered in Milan, Italy, to examine Vietnam’s current circumstances and prospects at a workshop organized by the Italian Communist Party (ICP) and the Italy-Vietnam Friendship Association (IVFA). The event provided a valuable opportunity to gain a better understanding of the country and its potential for the future.

The event was attended by ICP General Secretary Mauro Alboresi, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung, President of the IVFA in the Veneto region Renato Darsiè, numerous ICP members, and Italian friends.

On April 3rd, Ambassador Hung had a meeting and worked in collaboration with Massimo Giudici, the Managing Director of Capital adv, the brand management company associated with MasterChef Italy, in Milano.

At the get-together, the two entities exchanged numerous suggestions and initiatives to further the presence of Vietnamese cuisine in Italy and the role of the culinary bridge in reinforcing bilateral ties in the foreseeable future.

Earlier, Ambassador Duong Hai Hung warmly received and congratulated Dinh Thi Hue, who had achieved remarkable success and emerged as the runner-up of MasterChef Italia 2023 after passing through various rounds with excellence.

Hannah Nguyen