VẮNG BÓNG

Martin Otter
Germany, 90 min
World premiere

As a child, the poet Thanh Nguyen lost his sight in an American raid. He grew up, married and had a family. When his wife fell ill, he decided to go begging around the country, accompanied by his nine-year-old daughter. Conceived as confession for two voices (father and daughter), torn by shots of absolute clarity, Vắng Bóng is a journey through darkness.

 

As a child, the poet Thanh Nguyen lost his sight in an American raid. He grew up, married and had a family. When his wife fell ill, he decided to go begging around the country, accompanied by his nine-year-old daughter. Back home two years later, Nguyen began writing about this experience and started to overcome his disability. Conceived as a confession for two voices (father and daughter), shot through with scenes of absolute clarity, Van Bong is a journey through night. Gradually, the story approaches a universal theme, offering a sort of philosophical handbook on how to survive the darkness.

Striking a balance between spoken word, imagination, memory and dream, Martin Otter seeks to go beyond what can be seen and heard and to enter a different dimension, exploring the inner world of his characters. Shot in highly symbolic black and white, Vang Bong follows a back-to-front route which leads, spiral-wise, down into the human soul.

Carlo Chatrian

Translation BMP Translations

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Duration
90 min
Year
2012
Country
Germany
Sections
International Feature Film Competition
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Premiere
World premiere
Language
Vietnamese
Subtitle
English
Production
Martin OtterNicolas Humbert
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