Film screening: L’Orphélinat (The Orphanage)

Film screening: L’Orphélinat (The Orphanage)

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IF Hanoi

Fri 15 Jun 2018, 7 pm – 9.30 pm

Sat 16 Jun 2018, 6 pm
National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio (DSF)

Sun 17 Jun 2018, 6 pm
Okia Cinema

From L’Espace:

In the framework of the 9th European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival taking place from 06 to 17 Jun in Hanoi and HCMC, Institut Français in Vietnam proudly presents the film screening of L’Orphélinat (The Orphanage) and a special meet-and-greet with the director, Matthieu Haag and the main character in the film, Vu Tien.

Program in Hanoi: Introduction of the documentary film The Orphanage (L’Orphélinat) and its behind-the-scenes stories, with the participation of director, photographer, filmmaker Matthieu Haag.

15 Jun – 7 pm – 9.30 pm – Screening at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi
Free entry

16 Jun – 6 pm – Screening at the National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio (DSF) – 465 Hoang Hoa Tham, Hanoi
Free entry

17 Jun – 6 pm – Screening at Okia Cinema – No. 39, Alley 639/39, Hoang Hoa Tham, Vinh Phuc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Non-profit screening for audience having “cinema stamp” issued by O Kia Ha Noi

L’Orphelinat (The Orphanage) tells the story of the real-life encounter between Matthieu Haag, a young French director, and Vu Tien, a foster father to many children in Vietnam. Haag decided to extend his stay in the country to record the daily life at Vu Tien’s the orphanage. They could understand each other without even speaking the same language. The documentary conveys a message: despite their background, the children always have it in them to overcome their disadvantages and reach for success.

A Vietnam seen through the lens of a foreign film director, the documentary brings about new perspectives on the country and its life and culture. It also create a diversity in the approach to community, people, through an unique way of story-telling. This is a highlight in this year European-Vietnamese documentary film festival.

With real footage from daily life, L’Orphélinat (The Orphanage) receives international acclaim, winning Best Documentary in Martinique International Film Festival (MIFF) 2017, Vision du Réel in Nyon International Film Festival, and was chosen as the closing film for Olonne Film Festival 2018 (France).

The discussion revolves around the film production process, behind-the-scenes stories and several social issues in Vietnam through the eye of the French filmmaker Matthieu Haag as well as on the experience of the main character – Vu Tien, taking place right after the screening of L’Orphélinat (The Orphanage).


Grandson of a Slovak immigrant who came to France on foot, I did not know where I belonged to. During a trip in Vietnam, I met Mr. Vu Tien, a foster father of many children who tells me his story even though we do not speak the same language. Thus begins my journey as a man, a father, made of encounters and revelations.


Matthieu Haag is a film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematography director as well as producer, who discovered his passion for cinema later in life. “I never liked going to the movies until I was 25”, he said. Matthieu Haag is known for État des lieux (2012) and Un parfum de Liban (2014).

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

IF Hanoi
Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Tel: (84-24) 39 36 21 64
[email protected]
National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio (DSF)
465 Hoang Hoa Tham, Hanoi
Okia Cinema
No. 39, Alley 639/39, Hoang Hoa Tham, Vinh Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi


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