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BUFFALO BOY

Director: Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh
Vietnam   |   2004   |   102 minutes
Vietnamese, with subtitles in English
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$24.95

FILM INFORMATION

Vietnam’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis Set in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, this powerful coming of age tale is a richly textured and stunningly visual reflection of the rhythms of daily life and culture determined by water. The flooded landscape serves to tell the story of the relationship between a father and son, the cycles of life, and the inescapable flow of all things. When young Kim, out of necessity, joins the nomadic life of the buffalo herders he is exposed to a complex, brutal way of existence. He must find his own way and sense of self in this male world of endurance, betrayal, and uncertainty, which can also offer friendship and independence. Minh Nguyen-Vo presents this mythic tale with indelible images of the majestic and sacred buffalos charging through flood waters contrasted with the solitary rower gliding through the waters, each representing opposite phases of the spiritual and moving journey.

About the Director Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh grew up in a small town in Vietnam during the war. To escape the fighting and atrocities all around, he spent a great deal of time in his youth in the town's one-room movie theater. He studied in France and the U.S., graduating with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from UCLA. After years of doing research in optics, he decided to concentrate on filmmaking. Buffalo Boy, his first feature, was in Official Competition and won the special prize from the Youth Jury at the 2004 Locarno International Film Festival. 

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.




CAST

Kim - Le The Lu
Ban - Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh
Dinh - Nguyen Huu Thanh
Det - Kra Zan Sram
Haitich - Truong Van Be
Hai - Nguyen Anh Hoa
Nguyen - Thi Tham
Lap - Vo Hoang Nham

CREW

Director - Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh
Production Company - Novak Productions, 3B Productions, Lê Duc Thiên
Producers - Olivier Dubois, Vincent Canart, Jean Brehart, Muriel Merlin, Rachid Bouchareb, Le Duc tien
Screenwriter - Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh
Cinematographer - Yves Cape
Art Director - Nsut Pham Hong Phong
Music - Ton That Tiet
Sound - Marc Engels

REVIEWS

"This beautiful film offers a rare, poetic glimpse of life in rural Vietnam." - TV Guide

"Luscious, hypnotic rhythm." - Boston Pheonix

"Overwhelming physical beauty." -New York Times

"Shot to perfection." -City Pages (Minneapolis)

"Deceptively simple...Beautifully shot...Filled with wonder!" -New York Times

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2004
Youth Jury Award, LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Grand-Prix; Licarne d'or, AMIENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PARIS QUINZAINE DU CINÉMA FRANCOPHONE

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