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ADRIFT (Choi Voi)

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ADRIFT (Choi Voi)

Director: Bui Thac Chuyen
Vietnam   |   2009   |   110 minutes
Vietnamese, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Soon after her wedding, newlywed Duyen’s excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband is not only sexually naïve, but overly occupied by his job and doting mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, she reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam, who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor. The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity puts Duyen in a precarious love triangle, challenging her notions of conventional relationships and also the stability of her new family. Saturated with erotic tension, director Bui Thac Chuyen’s sensuous and absorbing second feature traces the emotional and psychological landscapes of lust and desire, weaving an atmospheric tale of love and life in modern Hanoi.

About the Director Bui Thac Chuyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1968. He began his film career in 1991 with the short film Eternal Sadness, which won the Golden Swift Wing Prize at the 1st National Viet Nam Festival of Short Movies. His debut feature film, Living in Fear was awarded the Asian New Talent Prize for Best Film in the 2006 Shanghai International Film Festival. Adrift is his second feature film.

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

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Duyen - Do Hai Yen
Cam - Nguyen Duy Koha
Hai - Johnny Tri Nguyen
Tho - Linh-Dan Pham

CREW

Director - Bui Thac Chuyen
Writer - Phan Dang Di
Producer - Dang Tat Binh, Claire-Agnès Lajoumard
Cinematographer - Ly Thai Dung
Editor - Julie Beziau
Sound - Arnaud Soulier
Music - Hoang Ngoc Dai
REVIEWS

"As a portrait of sexual stasis morphing into ecstasy, though at a price, Vietnamese director Bui Thac Chuyen's Adrift works...this languid, quietly sensual sophomore feature lays on the estrogen as it explores sexual inexperience, frustration and desire in contemporary Hanoi from a female p.o.v." -Variety

"Bui Thac Chuyen’s moody, enigmatic film, Adrift...is a subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening." -New York Times

“What’s striking in Chuyen Bui Thac’s film is how you understand the complicated feelings of Duyen, Hai, and his mother. Repeatedly, the camera shows you more than they seem to know about themselves...In brief, brilliant strokes, cinematographer Ly Thai Dung reveals what’s unspoken." -PopMatters

“With its lush scenery, layered characters, and startling soundtrack, it’s not hard to see why the film stood out to an international panel of jurors.”–Elevate Difference

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
Bright Future, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Film Selection, Freer Gallery, THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

2009
FIPRESCI International Film Critics' Prize, VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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