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Foodlore: He Serves Fish, She Eats Flower

Chang Dang Ca, Nang An Hoa
dir. Phan Dang Di
Vietnam 2019, 52’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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25 Nov, 10:00 – 6 Dec
Additional Materials
Vietnam 2019
Duration: 52’
director: Phan Dang Di
screenplay: Phan Dang Di
cinematography: Pham Quang Minh
editing: Julie Béziau
cast: Lãnh Thanh, Nguyen Thj Ngoc Anh
producer: Huang Jun Xiang, Jonathan Giang, Tran Bich Ngoc
production: HBO Asia Originals
language: Vietnamese
colouration: colour

Film description

Thang is a young, ambitious cook, working in one of the restaurants filling the small streets of Ho Chi Minh with delicious aromas. His standards are very high, but there is one client whose approval is particularly important to him. Can he guess what the beautiful Van really craves?

The Vietnamese episode of HBO's eight-part culinary series is a beautifully filmed, sensual tale of the indissoluble bond between food and passion. Looking for
a union of taste becomes a metaphor for building relationships – with all its uncertainty, excitement, readiness to take risks, and finding pleasure in discovering each other, but also with the realization that the idealized person could really be the opposite of what we have imagined.

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Phan Dang Di

Born in 1976. Screenwriter and director. After studying at film and drama academy, he worked as an independent filmmaker and professor at the University of Hanoi. His feature debut, "Don’t be Afraid, Bi!" was nominated to Camera d'Or at Cannes IFF, and "Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories" was shown in the main competition at Berlinale.


2005 Sen / Lotus (short)
2006 Khi toi 20 / When I am 20 (short)
2010 Nie bój się, Bi / Bi, dung so! / Don’t be Afraid, Bi!
2014 Ojciec, syn i inne historie / Cha và con và / Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories
2019 Kulinarne historie: On podaje rybę, ona woli kwiaty / Chang Dang Ca, Nang An Hoa / He Serves Fish, She Eats Flower

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