Screening Locations: University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Film & Video Center with selected screenings and panel discussions at UCLA and in Westminster, California. Opening Night will be at the Edwards University Cinema 6, Irvine.
For complete program schedule, please visit http://www.vietfilmfest.com/home/home.htm . Tickets are available online and Tu Quynh Book Store (714) 531-4284
OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 6:00 pm
World Premiere of THE REBEL (Dong Mau Anh Hung), directed by CHARLIE NGUYEN (THOI HUNG VUONG 18, CHANCES ARE).
ViFF alum Charlie Nguyen recreates French Colonial Saigon in the 1920’s with action/drama romance epic THE REBEL. A Vietnamese agent goes against his French superiors to help the daughter of a Rebel leader warn her village of an impending attack. Loyalties are questioned and all must ask, who do you trust? Starring Dustin Nguyen, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Ngo Thanh Van, Nguyen Chanh Tin, and Nguyen Thang.
SPOTLIGHT AWARD – Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm
LIVING IN FEAR (Song Trong So Hai), directed by BUI THAC CHUYEN, screenplay by NGUYEN THI MINH NGOC (Spotlight Award recipient)
Post Viet Nam war, Binh Xuan is now plagued with the threat of unmarked landmines. Screenwriter Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc challenges the notion of authority and social normalcy in this explosive tale. LIVING IN FEAR won Best Film in the New Asia Talent section of the 9th Shanghai International Film Festival.
CLOSING NIGHT – Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 6:00pm
World Premiere of DUST OF LIFE (Bui Doi), directed by LE-VAN KIET
Le-Van Kiet’s feature-length directorial debut throws us straight into the gritty reality of displaced teens living in Westminster during the 1990’s, as they struggle to find a home in a foreign country and accept the love they are given.
ALSO FEATURING: ASIAN STORIES (BOOK 3) (Ron Oda & Kris Chin), FINDING MADISON (Tuan Tran), THE JOURNEY OF VAAN NGUYEN (Duki Dror), STORY OF PAO (Chuyen Cua Pao) (Ngo Quang Hai), THE QUEEN FROM VIRGINIA (David Ngo), KIEU (Vu T. Thu Ha), JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (Vuot Song) (Ham Tran), BRIDE OF SILENCE (Doan Minh Phuong & Doan Thanh Nghia), THE WHITE SILK DRESS (Ao Lua Ha Dong) (Luu Huynh), SOULS ON SWING (Hon Truong Ba, Da Hang Thit) (Nguyen Quang Dung)/US Premiere
Thursday, April 12 – Opening Gala at Chakra Restaurant
Friday, April 13 – High School Day (FREE for High School students)
Sunday, April 15 – Following JOURNEY OF VAAN NGUYEN (Duki Dror) – Panel Discussion: Cultural Identity Relations in a Changing World
Thursday, April 19 – Senior Citizen Day (FREE for Seniors over 65)
Friday, April 20 – UCLA Day of the Bruins (FREE for All Ages)
Saturday, April 21 – Following THE WHITE SILK DRESS (Luu Huynh) – Panel Discussion: Images of Women in Vietnamese Cinema
Sunday, April 22 – Feature Presentation of Bolinao 52 & Stateless Vietnamese in the Phillippines (Duc Nguyen)– Panel Discussion: An Unforgettable History: The Boat People Saga
Sunday, April 22 – Awards Ceremony & Closing Night Gala featuring the musical stylings of Thomas’ Apartment