The movie is nominated for the Orizzonti Short Competition award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival (Photo courtesy of producers)

The 19-minute film by young directors Vu Minh Nghia and Pham Hoang Minh Thy will compete with 11 films from other countries.

It tells about a love story between a saleswoman at a bridal shop and a vendor who once nearly missed each other. Through their story, a colourful society is portrayed.

Nghia anh Thy won top prize at the 2019 CJ Short Film Making Project, one of the top short film contests in Vietnam, for their project.

Thy is a self-taught filmmaker who started making films when she was 20 years old.

Her short film “Le truong thanh cua Edison” (The Graduation of Edison), competed at the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition at the 31rd Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2019.

Nghia is a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Cinematography and Theatre. Last year, his film “U oi” (Hey U!) was screened at the SIFF’s Special Programme: Contemporary Vietnamese Shorts.

The Orizzonti, running as a parallel to the Golden Lion, is a competition reserved for a maximum of 20 films, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema, especially debut films by young talents from lesser-known cinema.

The section includes prizes for best film, best director, jury prize, best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best short film.

Nominations for the short films section are selected on the basis of criteria such as quality and originality of language and expression.

Another airlines connects with Con Dao

Vietnam News Agency has quoted Bamboo Airways saying that it plans to set up new air routes from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to Con Dao from August 18th.

In order to serve these routes, Bamboo Airways plans to rent two Embraer E195 aircraft, which has 118 seats each.

Recently, the airline officially put into operation two new routes connecting Thanh Hoa city in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa with Quy Nhon city in the south-central province of Binh Dinh and with Phu Quoc Island off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

Bamboo Airway is working on recovering all of its domestic routes following the COVID-19 hiatus. According to the latest data from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the airline’s throughput in June surpassed that in the same period last year.

In the first five months of 2020 it also posted the highest on-time performance (OTP) rate in the domestic industry, at nearly 96%, with all flights deemed safe.

Foreign website praises Vietnam’s ASEAN leadership role

Vietnam assumed the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last November for 2020, and after that it prepared to deal with challenges and was ready for the important year, as it both holds the ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

On November 4th, 2019, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received the ASEAN Chairman hammer from Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha. (Photo: ASEAN Secretariat)

Foreign Policy on July 31st posted the article “Vietnam steps up to take ASEAN leadership role", in which it said that Vietnam “has already proved on multiple occasions its ability to host important regional forums and even high-level meetings of global importance, such as the highly challenging U.S.-DPRK Summit in Hanoi last year—a remarkable makeover, given its relatively recent diplomatic isolation from which it only broke out with normalization of relations with the United States and joining ASEAN in the mid-1990s.”

It clearly noted: “Vietnam’s thus far impressive response to COVID-19 has earned further respect and recognition from its neighbors, including much wealthier and more developed ones, like Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.”

According to the article, “economists from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Asian Development Bank predict that Vietnam has the highest chances in the region to come out of the post-coronavirus economic crisis in a relatively better shape.” Therefore, it confirmed “this is a significant shift in Vietnam’s position in ASEAN, which, as a latecomer to the market economy, used to be labeled among the 'second-tier' economies.”

Regarding diplomatic factors, the article asserted that Vietnam “has also been taking up a more pivotal role.” “Hanoi’s leadership attaches strong importance to ASEAN norms and maintains a consistent foreign policy and has stepped up to socialize these norms to the other newer members.”

“Given the crisis enveloping the world, the main objective of Vietnam’s 2020 chairmanship is to preserve ASEAN’s unity and solidarity and prevent further erosion. The high expectations from the other ASEAN members and dialogue partners reflect a level of confidence in Vietnam’s diplomatic capability,” it asserted./.

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