Cu Li Never Cries

A film by

Vietnam, Singapore, France, Philippines, Norway | 92' | 02/2024 | fiction

A woman tries to cling onto dimming links to her past after inheriting a pygmy slow loris from her long-estranged husband; meanwhile, her niece prepares for marriage as the young couple ponders their uncertain future together. The present and the complex echoes of Vietnamese history intertwine with a contemplative and poetic perspective.

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Phạm Ngọc Lân


Phạm Ngọc Lân was born and raised in Hanoi. He rarely left his city (both in reality and in his imagination) until college. Lân graduated with a degree in urban planning and self-taught filmmaking at 27. His short films included Another City (Berlinale 66th); Blessed Land (69th) and The Unseen River (Locarno 74th). Cu Li Never Cries is his debut feature.


  • Cu Li Never Cries – 2024 – 92′
  • Giòng Sông Không Nhìn Thấy / The Unseen River – 2020 – 23’
  • Một Khu Đất Tốt / Blessed Land – 2019 – 19’
  • Another City / Thành Phố Khác – 2016 – 25’
  • The Story of Ones I  Chuyện Mọi Nhà – 2011 – 11’
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Director: ​​​Phạm Ngọc Lân
Screenplay:​​​Phạm Ngọc Lân, Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang
Producer:​​​Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang, Trần Thị Bích Ngọc
Production companies:​​Cadence Studio, Ân Nam Productions
Co-Producers:​​Su Ching Teh, Weijie Lai, Claire Lajoumard, Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, Verona Meier
Co-production companies:​Purple Tree Content, E&W Films, Acrobates Films, Epicmedia Productions Inc, Ape & Bjørn / Storm Films
Executive producers:​Su Ching Teh, Giang Lê
Cinematographer: ​Vũ Hoàng Triều, Nguyễn Vinh Phúc, Nguyên Phan Linh Đan
Sound Recording:​​Tô Hiếu, Nguyễn Ngọc Tân, Hoàng Thu Thủy, Trương Quang Công
Sound Design:​​​Arnaud Soulier​
Editor: ​​​​Julie Béziau​
Composer:​​​Trần Kim Ngọc
Production Designer:​​Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang

Cast:​ ​
Minh Châu (Mrs. Nguyện / Auntie)
Hà Phương (Vân)
Xuân An (Quang)
Hoàng Hà (Waiter)
Cao Sang (Quang’s best friend)
Tâm Anh (Tâm Anh)


  • Berlinale, Germany (15 – 25 February, 2024)


Press materials

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Stills, poster & directors photos: Click here

Dialogue list (not yet available): Click here

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