‘The Tailor’ Will Represent Viet Nam at 91st Oscars
Vietnamese movie Co Ba Sai Gon (The Tailor) produced by renowned actress Ngo Thanh Van will compete at the 2019 Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film award.
The decision was recently made by the culture ministry’s Cinema Department.
‘The Tailor’ was directed by Kay Nguyen and Tran Buu Loc, and tells the story of a young, arrogant girl named Lan Ngoc in the 1960s. She was born into a family of tailors who specialized in making áo dài (traditional long dress). She looked down on the career, and by some kind of miracle, travels to the future and meets herself a few decades later. She witnesses the tragedy of her family’s trade in the future, which resulted from the fact that she had turned her back on the craft. She then realizes the value of the traditional career and learns respect for the long dress.
It stars Ngo Thanh Van, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, veteran actress Diem My and People’s Artist Hong Van.
‘The Tailor’ was awarded Best Feature Film at the Golden Kite Awards by the Vietnamese Cinema Association in 2017 and has been screened at various international film festivals.
Each country is allowed to send one entry to the Best Foreign Film category at Oscars, which should be screened between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. The jury will announce the five nominees early next year and the final results will be announced in Los Angeles on February 29, 2019.
Last year, Viet Nam sent ‘Cha Cong Con’ (Father and Son) by director Luong Dinh Dung.
The first Vietnamese movie to take part in the Oscars was ‘Mui Du Du Xanh’ (The Scent of Green Papaya) by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung in 1993.