Brazilian movie "Paloma" wins “Best Feature –Length Film” Award at HANIFF 2022

Including both the “Best Feature –Length Film” and “Actress in a leading role” awards, the movie titled “Paloma” of Brazil won the most important prizes at the 6th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) 2022, which ended on November 12.
The representative of the Paloma film crew received the award. (Photo: KHIEU MINH)
The representative of the Paloma film crew received the award. (Photo: KHIEU MINH)

Paloma tells of a trans woman desperate for a traditional church wedding. It also garnered the “Actress in a leading role” award for Kika Sena.

The 6th Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) 2022 returned to the capital on November 8-12 after the pandemic forced the event to be cancelled for two consecutive years.

This year’s event, themed “Cinema-humanism, adaption and development”, attracted 123 cinematographic works from countries and territories. The film fest included a series of activities during the event, such as an exhibition featuring film locations of cultural and historical relic sites across the capital, a “Cinema – Connectivity and spread of cultural values” seminar, a “Korean cinema” program, outdoor screenings, exchanges between local and international movie stars and audiences, and a HANIFF Campus and Film Project Market.

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Head of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vi Kien Thanh speaks at the event

Speaking at the award ceremony, head of the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vi Kien Thanh said that HANIFF has gradually affirmed its position in the development process of the Vietnamese cinema industry, contributing to promoting the country’s movie industry and bringing international movies to Vietnamese audiences.

The Best Actor award went to actors Hemal Ranasinghe, Mahendra Perera, Ashan Dias, Darshan Dharmaraj, Dasun Pathirana, Priyantha Sirikumara and Suran Dissanayake for their roles in the Sri Lankan film “Maria” (The ocean angel).

The “Best Feature Film Director” award belonged to Hamid Reza Ghorbani, the Iranian director of the movie “Bone Marrow” (Iran).

The “Judge’s Award” was presented to a Polish-Swedish-French co-production, “Woman on the Roof”.

The “Best Short Film” award went to “Pao’s Forest” by director Nguyen Pham Thanh Dat (Vietnam).

The "Best Young Short-Film Director" award was handed to Truong The Thien for the film “Hallway of Memories”.

The “Best Short-Film Director” award was presented to the film titled “Wheels on the Bus” directed by Surya Shahi of Nepal.

Meanwhile, the movies, “Chachacha” by director Do Quoc Trung and “Chua Dat” (Lord of the land) by director Do Thanh Son won the "Jury’s Award" and the first prize in the Asian Project Market.

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The Vietnamese movie, Hoa Nhai (Jasmine flower) is offered a certificate of merit from the Hanoi People's Committee.

In addition, the Vietnamese movie, Hoa Nhai (Jasmine flower) was offered a certificate of merit from the Hanoi People's Committee to honour the outstanding contributions of the film's director to the cause of socio-economic, national defence and security construction and development in the capital.

The "Network for Promotion and Asian Cinema (NETPAC)" award was given to the films “Kontrabida” of the Philippines and “Bone Marrow”.

The film Bo Gia (Dad, I'm Sorry), by directors Tran Thanh and Vu Ngoc Dang of Vietnam took the "Audience’s Choice Award" for Vietnamese contemporary film.

HANIFF aims to honour the best movies and new talents as well as encourage cooperation among film producers and delegates. It is also a venue for the celebration and betterment of both Vietnamese and international cinema and provides local and foreign filmmakers a chance to meet and exchange experiences and thoughts with each other.

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