Rom

dir. Tran Thanh Huy
Vietnam 2019, 78’

Press Play to start

Buy access to the film or the pass for all screenings
European premiere
Sprawdź dostępność!
Awards and festivals
Busan IFF - Best First Feature Fantasia FF - Best First Feature
Credits
Vietnam 2019
Duration: 78’
director: Tran Thanh Huy
screenplay: Tran Thanh Huy
cinematography: Nguyen Khac Nhat, Nguyen Vinh Phuc
editing: Lee Chatametikool, Tran Thanh Huy
music: An Ton That
cast: Tran Anh Khoa, Anh Tu Wilson
producer: Nguyen Nu Nhu Khue, Bao Nguyen
production: HKFilm
language: Vietnamese
colouration: colour

Film description

The teenage Rom lives in a district of Ho Chi Minh doomed for demolition. Every day, he is struggling to survive, running through the labyrinth of narrow streets, stalls, and overcrowded apartments, collecting lottery bets from desperate inhabitants. Everyone here is a gambler, because the win is the only cure for mounting debt and the loss of the roof over one's head. The boy has a competitor desperate to ruin his business, and a mom he needs to find. Shot with the vibrant energy of the slums, with a camera trying to keep up with the protagonist who is always on the move, this stunning debut by Trần Thanh Huy is a brutal insight into the world of the rejected.

In 2019, "Ròm" won the Busan festival where, as it quickly turned out, it was screened without the Vietnamese censors' approval. It led to the film's premiere being blocked for months, and an order to destroy all its copies. When the movie was finally released, it became a huge box-office hit. And rightly so – it is one of the most original Vietnamese films of the decade, looking for new ways of talking about exclusion and the particular culture of a community the world wants nothing to do with.

text:
Marcin Krasnowolski

Tran Thanh Huy

He is one of the most talented representatives of the young generation of Vietnamese directors. He started making short films in 2005 and gained great recognition thanks to them. His short "16:30" (2012) won a number of awards, including the most prestigious film award in Vietnam - Golden Kite award for
a short film. Huy started to develop the idea from "16:30" to the size of a feature film and this is how his debut "Ròm" was made. "Ròm" premiered at the Busan Film festival where it won the main prize - as the first ever Vietnamese film.

Filmography:

2012 16:30 (kr. m.)

2019 Rom

Be up to date!

© Fundacja Sztuki Arteria
Our website uses cookies to adapt to your needs. You can accept cookies or disable them in your browser so that no information is collected. How to disable cookies.