2004

France - Belgium
102min - 35 mm - 1.85 - Color - Dolby SRD - Drama
Original language : Vietnamese

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Cast

Le The Lu

Thach Trang Thuy

Vo Van Be

 

 

Credits

Director: Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo

Producer : Olivier Dubois
Production Company : NOVAK Prod
Co-producer : Muriel Merlin, Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb (3B Prooductions)

Screenplay : Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo
Director of photography : Yves Cape
Sound : Marc Engels
Music : Tôn Thât Thiêt
Editing : Rudi Maerten
Set : Nsut Pham Hông Phong

Festivals & Awards

2004 :
Locarno Film Fest In Competition Special Price of the Young Jury
Toronto Film Festival
Pusan Film Fest
Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo for Best New Director
Amazonas Film Fest Special Jury Prize

2005 :
Bangkok FF
Rotterdam FF
Cinefranco FF
Istanbul FF
Natfilmfest (DK)
Asian FF Barcelona A
miens FF Grand Prize
Asian FF Madrid
Sydney FF
Melbourne FF
Sarajevo FF
Japan Asian Marin FF Grand Prize
Mataro FF
Cape Town FF Best director
Warsaw World FF
Asian Pacific FF in Malaysia Best Cinematography
Mumbai FF
Ljubljana FF

2006:
Palm Springs IFF Fipresci award for best foreign language submissions for academy award 2005
Tromso FF
Uruguay FF
Motovun IFF

Buffalo Boy

GARDIEN DE BUFFLES (Mua Len Trau)

a film by :Minh Nguyen-Vo

Indochina, 1940, under French occupation. Kim, aged 15, has the job of taking his two buffaloes far away from the flooded lands of the South. These buffaloes are the family's only source of income and must arrive safely in the Ba Thé mountains. This dangerous journey across vast, water-logged landscapes marks Kim's coming of age. He joins a gang of buffalo keepers who are part-time bandits, and discovers an adult world made up of brawls, alcohol, and pillaging. In time, this violence gives way to friendship, love, and the joy of freedom.

French Synopsis :

Indochina, 1940, under French occupation. Kim, aged 15, has the job of taking his two buffaloes far away from the flooded lands of the South. These buffaloes are the family's only source of income and must arrive safely in the Ba Thé mountains. This dangerous journey across vast, water-logged landscapes marks Kim's coming of age. He joins a gang of buffalo keepers who are part-time bandits, and discovers an adult world made up of brawls, alcohol, and pillaging. In time, this violence gives way to friendship, love, and the joy of freedom.

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