Program
Director: Jakeb Anhvu
2020
Australia
62 minutes
Unclassified 15+

You are invited to the wedding of Tram and Mr Soo

This gentle observational doco comes into focus in a leisurely way geared to the rhythms of rural Vietnamese life. Naturally enough, we approach our subjects through the social activities of cooking and eating, but soon the film comes to centre on Tram, a 21-year-old woman. Her parents have high hopes for her but these are dashed when Australia rejects her migration application. The remaining option is marriage, and with it, a move to Korea. The groom speaks no Vietnamese, and she starts to study Korean only a few days before the ceremony. An uncertain future awaits. Jakeb Anhvu, whose previous film Blush of Fruit, won AFF’s Documentary Competition in 2013, is one of Australia’s most intriguing documentarists. He observes Vietnamese life in what appears to be a detached fashion, but finally emerges as a confidence in his audience to think for themselves and make their own judgements on what he presents.

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language Vietnamese
Subtitles English
Director Jakeb Anhvu
Producer Kim Nguyen, C. Slater, Jakeb Anhvu
Screenwriters Jakeb Anhvu, David Cooley
Cinematographer Jakeb Anhvu
Editor Jakeb Anhvu
Genre Asian, Family, Reality

Screens with: Idol

Director: Alex Wu
2019
Australia
19 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this stunning one take wonder, a young Chinese celebrity is called into an emergency meeting. A fan of his has committed suicide, leaving devastating consequences. 

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Language Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles English
Director Alex Wu
Producer Jiapei Wu
Screenwriters Alex Wu
Cinematographer Max Walter
Editor Alex Wu
Music Jack Vanzet
Cast Kyle Chen
Accolades Sydney, Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short, 2020
Genre Drama