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BI, DON'T BE AFRAID

Vietnam / France / Germany, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Accent on Asia)

Director: Phan ng Di

BI, DON'T BE AFRAID

"A heat-soaked panorama of human desires." - Screen International

It is a stifling Hanoi summer and the unexpected return of six year-old Bi's dying grandfather has an unsettling influence on an already fragmented family. While his father finds solace in booze and the affections of his masseuse, and his single aunt grapples with her deeply suppressed sexual desires, Bi struggles to make sense of his fragmenting world.

A sultry portrait of Vietnamese urban alienation told through the eyes of a confused child, Bi, Don't Be Afraid is writer-director Phan Đăng Di's intriguing and unsettling debut feature. An erotically and symbolically charged affair that will, at the very least, have you never look at ice cubes the same way again.

Winner of two Critics Week prizes at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

D/S Phan Đăng Di P Acrobates Films, Claire Lajoumard WS Acrobates Films L Vietnamese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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