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Int’l fest marks a coming of age for Vietnamese cinema: Philip Noyce

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The first Vietnam International Film Festival occurred as the country prepares for a new future for its cinema industry, Australian director Philip Noyce said in an interview on the sidelines of the festival-opening Sunday night.

Noyce said Vietnam’s cinema industry is in a “delicate” position. “You’re pregnant and you’re about to give birth to a bright future.”

The country has young population, “strong artistic ideals” and many people trained in the Soviet Union, which was the beginning of a great storytelling tradition, he said.

Having spent more than 30 years making films, Noyce advised Vietnamese filmmakers not to choose a topic that they wouldn’t want to see themselves because “you’re bound to fail.”

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via Thanh Nien News

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