Film Screening “A Family Portrait”

Film Screening “A Family Portrait”

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Sun 10 Nov 2019, 4.30 pm
Manzi Art Space
No.2 Hàng Bún Alley, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

From Manzi:

Manzi Art Space is pleased to present 3 volumes of Tạ Minh Đức’s series of experimental films.

Tạ Minh Đức began this series of film as a self-assigned exercise to practice the skill of observation, as well as to try different methods of film-making to an initial theme about family. At first, the series of film was to portray a family and its members, and each volume would delve into a family member. However, as he went on to make the films, each of the film followed a different path, sometimes completely different from his initial plan, and they have not revolved only around the portrayal of the family members.

While ‘Film no. 1’ (2013) introduces a physical space—a tube house—and its impact on the relationships of the family members; in ‘Film no. 2’ (2016), the mother figure, as well as the scene of the school, emerges and eludes in the fever of the protagonist; and as an adult, the son in ‘Film no. 3’ (2018) takes up the responsibility of preparing for the funeral of his just deceased dog.

All films are in Vietnamese with English subtitle. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

About the artist:

Born in 1991 in Hanoi, Tạ Minh Đức graduated from the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2014. His work questions notions of existence, human relationships, isolation of the individual, latent violence and domination.

Đức’s recent projects have been featured in notable projects including Choose to Move (Sàn Art, HCMC, 2015), Mini DOCFEST (Hà Nội DOCLAB, Goethe Institut, Hà Nội, 2014), Pettie and Smooth (Nhà Sàn Studio, Hanoi, 2014), Autopsy of the Day (Goethe Institut, Hà Nội, 2013). One of his films was screened at Escape Mobile Gallery, initiated by artist Nguyễn Trần Nam for Skylines with Flying People 2 (Japan Foundation, Hanoi, 2012).


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*This is part of Manzi Art Programme supported by the Goethe Institut.

Communications partners: Hanoi Grapevine

Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi
Tel: (024) 3716 3397
Opening hours: 8 am – 10.30 pm everyday


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