Promoting Vietnamese-French Culture through Cinema: Strengthened

Tran Hai Van, Deputy Director of The Department of International Cooperation, recently met with representatives from the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC) to discuss ways to promote Vietnamese-French culture through cinema.

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During the meeting, Deputy Director Tran Hai Van emphasized the significance of the cinema industry in Vietnam’s cultural development. 2024 is a particularly noteworthy year as it marks the simultaneous occurrence of three international film festivals in three major cities: the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival, the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Da Nang, and the Hanoi International Film Festival. Tran Hai Van urged the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC) to collaborate with and support these film festivals, tailoring their assistance to the respective capacities, circumstances, and requirements of all parties involved.

Tran Hai Van, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, meets with representatives of the French National Centre for Cinema (Photo: Anh Tuan/ VOV)

The Deputy Director expressed his desire for CNC to actively facilitate and cooperate with the Vietnamese Cultural Center in France in order to introduce Vietnamese cinema to the French public and European audiences. Tang Thanh Son, Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Cultural Center in France, cited the conference room with a seating capacity of over 200 as the venue for exchanging and promoting Vietnamese culture in France and Europe through the medium of cinema.

Jérémie Kessler, the European and International Affairs director of the CNC, commended Vietnam’s thriving domestic film market, which has seen numerous successes that have garnered acclaim from international film critics.

CNC regards Vietnam as a crucial regional partner and actively engages in cooperative endeavors, such as providing film experts and supporting projects initiated by aspiring Vietnamese filmmakers. Recently, the film “Cu Li Never Cries,” directed by Pham Ngoc Lan and produced by CNC, was honored with the Best First Film award at the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival.

The CNC representative also expressed a keen interest in the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s proposals and affirmed the organization’s commitment to devising specific cooperative activities for the future. The CNC will seek opportunities to collaborate and promote Vietnamese films at major French film festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Three Continents Film Festival.

Charlotte Pho