​2019 Vietnam Film Festival concludes with highly anticipated awards ceremony

2019 Vietnam Film Festival concludes with highly anticipated awards ceremony
The production team of ‘Song Lang’ receives the Golden Lotus award for Best Feature Film at the awards ceremony night of the Vietnam Film Festival 2019 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, November 27. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

The 2019 Vietnam Film Festival, held in southern Vietnam’s Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, wrapped up its 21st edition on Wednesday night with an awards ceremony honoring excellence in the country’s cinematic achievements over the past year.

The four-day festival drew nearly 4,000 visitors to the festival’s 104 film screenings at the four cinemas in Ba Ria and Vung Tau Cities, where the event was hosted.

Wednesday’s awards ceremony was preceded by a red carpet event that lasted over an hour as nominees posed for photos and greeted fans on their way into the venue.

While the event recognized artistic merit in several categories, it was clear that the Golden Lotus award – the highest prize awarded to a film at the festival – was the most anticipated of the night and fans were pleased when Song Lang (The Tap Box) was, deservedly, announced the winner.

Leon Le receives the Award for Best Director in Feature Film at the awards ceremony night of the Vietnam Film Festival 2019 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, November 27. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Leon Le receives the Award for Best Director in Feature Film at the awards ceremony night of the Vietnam Film Festival 2019 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, November 27. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Song Lang, a feature-length film, highlights the 100-year history and development of Vietnamese ‘cai luong’ (reformed opera) – a style of traditional theater native to southern Vietnam.

Three additional feature films – Hai Phuong (Furie), Cua Lai Vo Bau (Hitting on My Pregnant Wife), and Truyen Thuyet Ve Quan Tien – took home Silver Lotus Awards.

Song Lang’s director, Leon Le, was presented with the Award for Best Director for his work on the film.

Mai Cat Vi receives the Award for Best Supporting Actress in Feature Film at the awards ceremony night of the Vietnam Film Festival 2019 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, November 27. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Mai Cat Vi (C) receives the Award for Best Supporting Actress in Feature Film at the awards ceremony night of the Vietnam Film Festival 2019 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, November 27. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Tran Thanh, the male lead of Cua Lai Vo Bau, won the Best Actor while Hoang Yen Chibi, the female lead of Thang Nam Ruc Ro – a Vietnamese remake of the 2011 South Korean comedy-drama film Sunny – pocketed the Award for Best Actress.

Vietnamese actor-pop star Isaac won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Song Lang while Mai Cat Vi won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hai Phuong.

Below is the winner list in the remaining categories:

Feature film

– Award for Best Screenplay: Doan Nhat Trung (Cua Lai Vo Bau)

– Award for Best Cinematography: Nguyen K’Linh (Nguoi Bat Tu)

Documentary film

– Golden Lotus for Best Documentary Film: Chong Chenh

– Silver Lotus: Chu Tan Kra, Joris Ivens Va Ngon Gio Viet Nam

Scientific film

– Golden Lotus for Best Scientific Film: no winner

– Silver Lotus: Cuoc Chien Chong Dai Dich SARS, O Nhiem Nhua O Bien

Animated film

– Golden Lotus for Best Animated Film: Nguoi Anh Hung Ao Vai

– Silver Lotus: Vang Sang Am Ap, Sac Mau Nhung O Cua, Bi Mat Cua Nhung Dua Tre

– Award for Best Screenplay: Pham Thi Thanh Ha (Vang Sang Am Ap)

– Award for Best Director: Vu Duy Khanh (Vang Sang Am Ap)

The Vietnam Film Festival, founded in 1970, is considered a hallmark annual event for Vietnam’s Entertainment Industry, with awards honoring numerous categories ranging from Best Feature Film to Best Direct-to-Video Film.

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