Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (CHA Và CON Và)


Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 14, 2015 8:30 PM
Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:102 min
Director:Di Phan Dang
Producer:Tran Thi Bich Ngoc
Screenwriter:Di Phan Dang
Cinematographer:K'Linh Nguyen
Editor:Julie Béziau
Cast:Hai Yen Do Thi
Hoang Le Cong
Vinh Truong The
Phong Nguyen Ha
Viet Mai Quoc
Hoang Le Van
Print Source:UDI
Note Writer:Frako Loden


Director Phan Dang Di follows his first film Bi, Don't Be Afraid! with another gorgeously photographed meditation on distant fathers and wayward sons. While his debut prize-winning feature viewed the chaotic adult world through the voyeuristic eyes of a boy in Hanoi, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories unfolds through the lens of Vu, an adolescent poised on the threshold of manhood in late 1990s Saigon. Studying photography and living on his father's boat on the Mekong River, Vu clings naïvely to Thang, an effortlessly charismatic hunk who tends bar and deals drugs at a club that caters to all sexual preferences. But when some of his friends become desperately indebted to a local gangster, Vu invites them to lay low in the jungle Eden of his hometown. There he, Thang, and the others spend a season of unbridled sensuality, even as Vu faces ongoing conflicts with his father.

Co-presented by Frameline and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Additional Information

Phan Dang Di was born in 1976 in Nghe An Vietnam. After graduating from Hanoi University of Cinema and Theatre, Phan Dang Di started his career as an independent filmmaker. He is currently teaching screenwriting at Hanoi National University and Ho Chi Minh City University and is part of the new wave of filmmakers from Vietnam.