European Film Festival kicked off in HCMC, Danang, Hanoi

European Cultural Institutions and embassies in Vietnam will show current films from each country at the European film festival which is planning to take place in Vietnam on May.

The German submission will be “Hin und Weg” by Christian Zübert.

The Goethe-Institut Vietnam presents the German contribution “Hin und weg” (English “Tour de France”) by Christian Zübert, who in a very emotional and sensitive way makes euthanasia – in Germany a controversial topic – a subject of discussion.

Every year without fail, Hannes, his wife Kiki and their closest friends go on a bike tour. This time it’s Hannes’ turn to choose the destination. For some strange reason he has selected Belgium and the others aren't excited at first. Nevertheless, the trip starts well and the group of friends has a lot of fun until Hannes makes an announcement and tells them the reason why he chose Belgium: he is terminally ill and wants to end his life on his own terms. In Belgium, medically assisted suicide is legal. This trip with his wife and friends will be his final ride. After the shock has subsided, the group decides to pedal hard and enjoy a wild time to fulfil Hannes’ last wish. Till their arrival at the clinic, his friends want to fully enjoy and celebrate life from the heart with Hannes.

Vietnamese audiences will have chance to watch European films during festival

Christian Zubert was born in 1973 in Wurzburg, after his studies, he initially began working as a scriptwriter for television and later on also for cinema productions. He first directed the movie “Lammbock” in 2000, for which he also got known to a wider audience.

Again this year, Vietnamese cinema lovers can look forward to a varied program within the framework of the European Film Festival. Current contributions of 13 European countries reflect the variety of Europe – history, culture; society and even the tradition of filmmaking differ from country to country, but are still closely linked to each other.

The festival will take place in HCMC on May 23 at Cinestar, 271 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1. Earlier on May 14 the event will hit Danang and then Hanoi on May 15.

By Th.Nhung

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