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‘VIỆT and NAM’: A Filipino-Led Production Headed to Cannes Festival


Trương Minh Quý‘s film “VIỆT and NAM” is set to captivate audiences at the prestigious Festival de Cannes, marking its selection in the esteemed Un Certain Regard section. This cinematic masterpiece, led by Vietnam, receives significant contributions from the Philippines, spearheaded by Bradley Liew of Epicmedia and Bianca Balbuena Liew. Patti Lapus and Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang also play key roles in its development.

A Dream Realized

Bianca Balbuena never anticipated that “VIỆT and NAM” would come to fruition so swiftly, making its inclusion in Cannes a dream for her. Reflecting on their journey, she recalls the fortuitous encounter with Director Quý in 2013, followed by their collaboration in 2020.

The news of Cannes selection in February brought jubilation and tears, underscoring the arduous yet rewarding path to this momentous achievement.

Balbuena-Liew extends heartfelt appreciation to Bradley Liew, commending his unwavering commitment. She highlights his role in navigating complex financing agreements across eight countries and overseeing the project’s fruition. She also pays tribute to the dedicated co-producers from Singapore, France, the Netherlands, Italy, the US, Germany, and Vietnam. Their collective efforts elevated the film to its pinnacle.

Exploring Depths with 16mm

Bradley Liew shares insights into the film’s production, emphasizing its capture on 16mm film. This medium artfully conveys the nuances of Vietnam’s landscapes. It captures everything from the depths of its mines to the expanse of its towns and forests. “VIỆT and NAM” delves into themes of love, dreams, and trauma spanning generations, all viewed through a lens of hope—a beacon amidst today’s challenges.

As “VIỆT and NAM” prepares to grace the Cannes stage, it signifies a triumph for Southeast Asian cinema. It’s also a testament to collaborative storytelling.

Through the dedication of its creators and the support of its international collaborators, this film embodies the enduring spirit of hope. It’s a message that resonates profoundly in our world today.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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