A scene from the 2019 Golden Lotus award nominee, Song Lang (The Tab Box), a feature film by Vietnamese-American Leon Lê. — Photo courtesy of the producer By Thu Anh HCM CITY — Sixteen feature films have been nominated for the annual 2019 Golden Lotus awards festival organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in late November. Fans expect movie star and producer Ngô Thanh Vân’s Song Lang (The Tap Box) and Hai Phượng (Furie) to win at the awards ceremony. Song Lang highlights the 100-year history and development of cải lương (reformed opera), a genre of traditional theatre in the South. Featuring a group of cải lương artists in Sài Gòn in the 1980s, the film focuses on the challenges they face to preserve their art. The film also centres on the career of a young performer, Linh Phụng, who makes sacrifices to pursue his dream. Producer Vân invited Vietnamese-American director Leon Lê to work on her film. Leon hired pop singer and actor Issac, winner of the Rising Star of Asia’s Star Awards at the 21st Busan International Festival in 2016, and young actors Tú Quên and Liên Bỉnh Phát. Leon said he and his staff researched many documents and books on cải… Read full this story
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