Blessed Land / Một Khu Đất Tốt

A film by

Vietnam | 18' | 02/2019 | fiction

A middle-aged woman and her son visit her late husband’s grave - situated in a former fishing village she hasn’t been to in decades. In the cemetery on the sandy dunes, they wander around for a long time without finding the headstone. Has her memory eroded, or has the grave been concealed somewhere underneath the green grass of the new golf courses? It’s true, for the nouveau riche, land for the living to play on is better than land for the dead to rest at.

“Characters remain nameless and places are unspecified, reflecting a desire to express deeper, wider, communal experiences of loss and change, rather than merely document the transformation of a particular Vietnamese village.”
Square Eyes - Berlinale Shorts - Laurel 2019
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Square Eyes - FNC - Laurel 2019 Silver Wolf
“Characters remain nameless and places are unspecified, reflecting a desire to express deeper, wider, communal experiences of loss and change, rather than merely document the transformation of a particular Vietnamese village.”
Square Eyes - Berlinale Shorts - Laurel 2019
Square Eyes - VIS Vienna Shorts Award 2019 blk
Square Eyes - FNC - Laurel 2019 Silver Wolf

Phạm Ngọc Lân

Biography

Phạm Ngọc Lân is a Vietnamese film director with a background in urban planning and architecture. Lan’s debut short film ‘The Story of Ones’ (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums. His first two short fiction films, ‘Another City’ and ‘Blessed Land’ both premiered at the Berlinale Shorts Competition. His newest short film ’The Unseen River’, which is part of the anthology project ‘MEKONG 2030’, will premiere at the Pardi di Domani in Locarno Film Festival. Currently, Lan is developing his first feature film Cu Li Never Cries.

Filmography

  • 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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Crew

Director: Phạm Ngọc Lân / Pham Ngoc Lan
Screenplay: Phạm Ngọc Lân
Producer: Ngô Đài Trang, Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang
Cinematographer: Trang Công Minh
Sound Design: Arnaud Soulier
Editor: Phạm Thị Hảo
Production Design: Kelly Hoàng
Asistant Director: Phạm Quốc Dũng (Ostin Fam)
Cast: Minh Châu, Hoàng Hà, Thùy Anh, Huy Tiến

Festivals

  • Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany (7 – 17 February, 2019)
    Berlinale Shorts
  • Short Waves Festival, Poland (19 – 24 March, 2019)
    Special program
  • Las Palmas International Film Festival, Spain (22 – 31 March, 2019)
    Short Film Competition Special Mention
  • MOOOV Film Festival, Belgium (23 April – 5 May, 2019)
    Short Film Competition
  • Subversive Festival, Croatia (5 – 18 May, 2019)
    Short Film Competition
  • VIS Vienna Shorts, Austria (28 May – 2 June, 2019)
    Fiction & Documentary Competition Won: Vienna Short Film Award
  • Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany (4 – 10 June, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba Int’l Film Festival, Brazil (5 – 13 June, 2019)
    Other Views Competition
  • Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival, Slovenia (5 – 9 June, 2019)
    Video on the Beach
  • SAC ASEAN Film Festival, Thailand (21 – 23 June, 2019)
    Short Film Section
  • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (6 – 14 July, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (19 – 28 July, 2019)
    Short Fiction Competition
  • Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Malta (25 – 27 July, 2019)
    Neck of the Woods
  • DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo (2 – 10 August, 2019)
    Short Film Competition
  • États généraux du film documentaire, France (18 – 24 August, 2019)
    Doc Route Vietnam
  • Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (19 – 25 August, 2019)
    Competition
  • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil (21 August – 1 September, 2019)
    Special program: Time is Fiction
  • Nevada City Film Festival, United States (23 – 30 August, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Silhouette Film Festival, France (30 August – 7 September, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece (15 – 21 September, 2019)
    Competition
  • SeaShorts Film Festival, Malaysia (25 – 29 September, 2019)
    SeaShorts Competition
  • Curtocircuíto – International Film Festival, Spain (28 September – 6 October, 2019)
    Radar Official Competition
  • New York Film Festival, United States (27 September – 13 October, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Milano Film Festival, Italy (4 – 10 October, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Minikino Film Week, Indonesia (5 – 10 October, 2019)
  • Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada (9 – 20 October, 2019)
    International Competition Won: Silver Wolf for Best International Short Film
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (10 – 27 October, 2019)
    International Short Film Competition Won: International Grand Prize
  • Chicago International Film Festival, United States (16 – 27 October, 2019)
    Short Film Competition
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (21 – 27 October, 2019)
    International Competition Won: Grand Prix
  • Asiana International Short Film Festival, South-Korea (31 October – 5 November, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Arica Nativa international Rural Film Festival, Chile (5 – 10 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • L’Alternativa – Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain (11 – 17 November, 2019)
    L’alternativa Hall Selects
  • AFI Fest, United States (14 – 21 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore (21 November – 1 December, 2019)
    Focus On Vietnamese Shorts
  • Annual Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, India (3 – 7 December, 2019)
    Berlinale Spotlight
  • Zubroffka – International Short Film Festival, Poland (4 – 8 December, 2019)
    World Wide Shorts Competition
  • Amity International Short Film Festival, Turkey (13 – 15 December, 2019)
    World Panorama
  • Sharjah Film Platform, United Arab Emirates (14 – 21 December, 2019)
    Competition
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (21 – 26 January, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (31 January – 8 February, 2020)
    Labo Competition Special Mention
  • Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany (11 – 18 March, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey (16 – 26 March. 2020)
    Perspective
  • Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Spain (19 March – 5 April, 2020)
    Oblicua Competition
  • Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland (20 – 28 March, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Martovski Festival – Belgrade documentary and short film festival, Serbia (25 – 29 March, 2020)
    Competition
  • Uruguay International Film Festival, Uruguay (8 – 18 April, 2020)
    Competition
  • Dallas International Film Festival, United States (16 – 23 April, 2020)
    Competition
  • Vienna Shorts International Short Film Festival, Austria (28 May – 2 June, 2020)
    Special: Highlights of 2019
  • Il Varco International Short Film Festival, Italy (7 – 15 June, 2020)
    Competition
  • Tabor Film Festival, Croatia (10 – 12 July, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Lago Film Fest – International Festival of Independent Cinema, Italy (24 July – 2 August, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (5 – 9 August, 2020)
    Special: Less Is More – Things that Matter
  • Concorto Film Festival, Italy (22 – 29 August, 2020)
    UBIK Selection
  • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece (15 – 18 October, 2020)
    Competition

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