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by Pham Ngoc Lan


Having picked up the ashes of her long-estranged husband in Germany, a woman returns to her Vietnamese home. In her luggage she is carrying a pygmy slow loris, a species of primate from the Vietnamese rainforest, which she has inherited from the deceased. The woman’s young niece, who lives with her, is preparing for her wedding. The young couple anxiously ponders their uncertain future together. The present in which the characters live and the complex echoes of Vietnamese history intertwine in a contemplative and poetic way.

international title: Cu Li Never Cries
original title: Cu Li Không Bao Giờ Khóc
country: Vietnam, Singapore, France, Philippines, Norway
sales agent: Square Eyes
year: 2024
genre: fiction
directed by: Pham Ngoc Lan
film run: 92'
screenplay: Pham Ngoc Lan, Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang
cast: Minh Châu, Hà Phương, Xuân An, Ha Hoang, Cao Sang, Tâm Anh
cinematography by: Vũ Hoàng Triều, Nguyen Vinh Phuc, Nguyễn Phan Linh Đan
film editing: Julie Béziau
music: Trần Kim Ngọc
producer: Nghiêm Quỳnh Trang, Trần Thị Bích Ngọc
co-producer: Su Ching Teh, Weijie Lai, Claire Lajoumard, Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, Verona Meier
production: Acrobates Films, Ape&Bjørn AS, Storm Films AS, Cadence Studio (VN), An Nam Productions (VN), Purple Tree Content (SG), E&W Films (SG), Epicmedia Productions Inc (PH)

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