Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories

Vietnam, France, Germany, The Netherlands, 2015г., 100 min


Phan Dang Di

Saigon, early 2000’s. Vu, a photography student, has just arrived in town. Immediately attracted to his handsome roommate Thang, a bouncer and low-level drug dealer, Vu starts following him on his escapades through the city’s nightlife, where he discovers a whole new world. He soon also meets Van, a sensual female dancer who maintains a casual relationship with Thang. The three of them develop an increasingly ambiguous friendship. One night, they are involved in a street fight and forced to flee to Vu’s native village. There they are warmly welcomed by his father, who seizes the occasion to introduce Vu to the wife he has chosen for him.

Berlin FF – Official Competition
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Phan Dang Di

Born in 1976 in Nghe An (Vietnam). After graduating from Hanoi University of Cinema and Theatre started his career as an independent filmmaker. The short WHEN I AM 20 (2006) was selected for the Venice IFF. In 2010 he directed his first feature DON’T BE AFRAID, BI! which was screened at the Cannes Critics’ Week. He is currently teaching screenwriting at Hanoi National University and Ho Chi Minh City University. Phan Dang Di is part of the new wave of filmmakers from Vietnam.

Selected filmography

2015 Big Father, Small Fatherand Other Stories
2010 Don't Be Afraid, Bi!