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NGUYEN-VO Minh

NGUYEN-VO Minh

Nguyen-vo Minh grew up in a small town in South Vietnam during the war. To escape fighting he spent most of his youth in a small cinema that his family had owned for three generations and is the inspiration for this project. Nguyen-vo arrived in France in the last month of the war with a scholarship. After graduating with a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Poitiers, Nguyen-vo continued his study in the US in Physics, earning a Ph.D. from UCLA. While working in quantum electronics, he ventured into visual arts and modern dance. Cinema finally came back to him, energizing him to dedicate his life to filmmaking fulltime. His first film, Buffalo Boy (2004) won the Youth Jury Prize in Locarno Film Festival 2004 and was Vietnam’s entry for the Academy Awards 2006. His second film Nuoc 2030 (2014) was selected as the opening night film in Panorama at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014.

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Buffalo Boy

2004 / Vietnam, France, Belgium / Feature / 100 min

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NGUYEN-VO Minh

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A coming-of-age story set in the southern tip of Vietnam where the yearly flooding season covers all the land. Kim, a fifteen-year-boy is sent to escort the two family buffaloes to far away land to find grass for them since the parents can’t afford to pay the buffalo herders this year. The journey exposes Kim to alcohol, drug, deadly fight with rival gang and witnessing a rape. Returning home as a toughen young man, Kim runs into problem with his parents. He rejoins the buffalo herder gang the next flooding season and embarks on another adventure where Kim learns about his father’s dark past and his true mother was a victim of a rape. Kim’s drifting life on the immense water surface eventually brings love, wisdom and even the role of a father.


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