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MEMORYLAND

a film by Kim Quy Bui

2021, 99 minutes, Vietnam/Germany, 1.85:1, Color, 5.1 Surround Sound, in Vietnamese with English subtitles

World Sales / Festivals Booking: Diversion


Memoryland

Synopsis:

The 3 stories of Send-offNether-WorldThis-World take place in 3 different strips of time, space & locations, closely connected by death.

Send-off tells the story of Moc Mien’s husband, who was killed in a construction site’s – a deadly accident and later incinerated at Cremation Chamber No.4. An old woman named Me took her last breath in the illusion of being farewelled by her kin. Tho, an old man living in the same village, dug a grave for her so that she could rest on her homeland. However, her son decided to escort her coffin to the Cremation Chamber No.4.

Nether-World tells the story of Tuong – Me’s former husband – who is required to visit the land of the dead and retrieve his identification papers kept by his wife. Moc Mien has to bring her husband’s ashes back to the graves of the ancestors and since then became caretaker of incense-burning rituals. She struggles against the boredom of being a lonely widow in a desolate village filled with ghosts.

This-World tells the story of Tho and Thi, an old couple who don’t want to have their bodies cremated after death. They secretly hire Son – director of an all-in-one package funeral service company – to arrange their funeral ceremonies. Meanwhile, Moc Mien has just left her home for the city where she meets Tuong and then lives with him. After that, his sudden disappearance sends her into the depth of despair. She commits suicide in their shared house. At the end of the film, Tuong comes back home, eats Moc Mien’s ashes and then dies. His dead body is incinerated at Cremation Chamber No.4.


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With Supports from:

  • Asian Cinema Fund (South Korea)
  • Purin Pictures (Thailand)
  • Berlinale Talents (Germany)


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About the Director:

Kim Quy Bui graduated with a BA in Screenwriting at Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2006. Her screenwriting credits for full-length films include RH108, LOVE PUZZLE, DREAM STATE, PIGGYBACK and STRANGERS. In 2013, she wrote and directed her debut feature film THE INSEMINATOR, which received Best Cinematography Award at Asean international Film Festival in 2014 and screened in competition at Busan International Film Festival along with Kolkata, New Horizons and Taipei festivals. Her latest feature MEMORYLAND was supported by Asian Cinema Fund, Purin Pictures and Berlinale Talents. The film had its world premiere in competition at Busan.


Trailer:

Coming Soon

Festivals & Awards:

  • Busan International Film Festival, New Currents competition
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Forum


Materials

Poster

Press Kit

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Still Images

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Reviews

"Beautifully composed [...], the film's clarity, focus and eloquence come from poetic images of decay."
- Allan Hunter, Screen International

Berlinale

2022 Berlinale, Forum

Writer/ Director

Kim Quy Bui

Producers

Xuan Truong Dang
Mai Nguyen

Executive Producers

Mai Nguyen
Kim Quy Bui
Nicole Pham

Cinematographer

Xuan Truong Dang

Editors

Kim Quy Bui
Do Huy Tao

Sound

Arnaud Soulier

Cast

Vu Mong Giao
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang
Nguyen Van Thai
Bui Thi Minh Phuong

Production Companies

CineHanoi
Scarlet Visions

World Sales

Diversion