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Viet and Nam

Viet and Nam

Minh Quý Trương

TFL Awards

TFL Co-Production Fund 2022 (€ 50.000)

The TFL Funds are supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union


Nam and Việt love each other. Both are miners, working 1000 meters below ground, where danger awaits and darkness prevails. Nam's mother collects coal waste from the mines to make briquettes at her makeshift workshop. Coal earns them a living, while polluting the land and the sea. Nam, like other young people, has decided to leave the country soon. In his village, many families get out of poverty thanks to the money they receive from relatives working abroad, most of them illegal immigrants — underground money. Through a relative, Nam gets in touch with an agent who can smuggle people abroad in containers. But at that moment, Nam's father, a soldier who died in the war, comes back in his mother's dreams to tell her where he died. Nam, his mother and Việt go south to the old battlefield, following her dreams, to find the remains of his father.


What is most crucial for me is to peer through the fog of -isms in order to see the lonely and exhausted individuals who are struggling between the trauma of the past and the hope of the future. But what about the present? Dead bodies in a container. Nameless soldiers’ graves. Father & Son. Coal & Sea. Here & There. At times the film is humorous, hysterical and dreamlike, the feeling of violence lurking somewhere in the air, the feeling of tenderness between the characters. Besides the socio-political explanations, with this film I want to dive deeper into the complexity of the human soul to feel, to listen to the faint vibrations of an unspoken spirit: being there, in the immense sea, I strongly feel that at the heart of the force to leave lies the aspiration to return.

Before leaving Vietnam in a container alongside future migrants, Nam, a young miner, seeks to find the remains of his father, a soldier killed during the civil war.
Minh Quý Trương


production notes

original title
Việt và Nam

produced byEpicmedia Production Inc

in co-production with
E&W Films - Singapore
Deuxiéme Ligne Films - France
An Original Picture - Netherlands
Volos Films - Taiwan
CineHanoi - Vietnam

total production budget
€ €800,334.59