Vietnamese film wins top prize at VIS Vienna Shorts Festival

11:05 | 12/06/2019 Society

Vietnamese film ‘Mot Khu Dat Tot’ (Blessed Land) by Pham Ngoc Lan won the Best Film at the International Competition for Fiction & Documentaries at the 16th VIS Vienna Shorts Festival in Austria on June 2.

A scene from 'Mot Khu Dat Tot' (Blessed Land) by Pham Ngoc Lan - Photo courtesy of the producer

Lan received a cash prize of EUR4,000 (US$4,500). His film now qualifies for the European Film Awards and the world renowned Academy Awards in the US.

The 19-minute black-and-white film includes two stories occurring at the same place 10 years apart.

The story is about a mother and son looking for the father’s tomb at a cemetery.

Ten years later, the land is turned into a golf club where a conversation between a rich man and his secret mistress takes place.

The film features People’s Artist Minh Chau, Hoang Ha, Huy Tien and Thuy Anh.

The VIS Vienna Shorts is an international short film festival organised by the association Independent Cinema in Vienna. It is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards, the European Film Awards and the Austrian Film Awards.

This year’s festival presented 305 films of under 30 minutes from 55 countries. Of these, 67 were screened in the two international competitions, Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avant-garde, and 23 in the Austrian Competition.