HCM CITY — The HCM City Fine Arts Association is hosting a month-long exhibition of its members’ artworks to celebrate its 40th anniversary which falls on November 28.
The exhibition showcases 333 sculptures, paintings, installations and graphic works in wood, metal, oil on canvas, lacquer, and watercolour.
Many of the works are the results of nine creative camps launched by the association in 2021.
The camps, which were held in the provinces of Gia Lai, Bình Định, Ninh Thuận, Phú Yên, An Giang and Bình Dương, as well as Buôn Ma Thuột City, HCM City and at Văn Lang University, attracted hundreds of the association’s members and non-members from Southern provinces.
All of the works feature landscapes, people and life of HCM City and Việt Nam, and express the artists’ thoughts about love, family, and society.
They also feature the humanitarian efforts of frontline forces as well as Vietnamese people in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Although the artists faced difficulties during the pandemic and social distancing, they have been working hard to create more quality works,” Nguyễn Xuân Tiên, chairman of the association, said.
“Through their works, the artists want to introduce their inner worlds and feelings of art creativity to viewers.”
The association has awarded top prizes for 52 sculptures and paintings, and 100 consolation prizes at the event.
The top prizes were given to a metal sculpture Sương Tan (Fading Fog) by Trần Việt Hà conveying a message of a better future, a lacquer triptych painting Nhịp Sống (The Rhythm of Life) by Nguyễn Đình Ngọc, and steel bas-relief Metro 1 by Nguyễn Ngọc Vinh.
The exhibition is open for the public at the association’s location at 218A Pasteur Street in District 3 until December 5. It is also available on the association’s YouTube channel to serve audiences across the country.
The HCM City Fine Arts Association was established on November 28 in 1981 with a mission to support the city’s artists and introduce their works to the public.
In the beginning, it had only 300 members, including leading artists like Trang Phượng, Quách Phong and Huỳnh Phương Đông.
The association now has more than 700 members and 10 clubs of young artists, women artists, veteran artists and ethnic Hoa artists, among others.
It has organised numerous exhibitions featuring its members’ works which reflect the development of Việt Nam’s arts and connect artists with art lovers.
Despite the pandemic, the association in September launched its first virtual exhibition themed “Sắc Màu Bình Yên” (Colours of Peace) in an effort to promote its members’ works to the public.
The event was held on the association’s Facebook page, displaying 103 paintings and sculptures created by 63 artists.
Lê Xuân Chiểu, deputy chairman of the association, said the event was one of the association’s meaningful activities during social distancing. It helped to connect artists in the city and all over the country who wanted to share their works with art lovers.
The association has also hosted exchange programmes with artists from Southeast Asian countries and other countries like South Korea and Canada to offer opportunities for local artists to learn from experienced artists.
In particular, it has launched many programmes to support young artists such as the Biennial Art Exhibition for Young Artists. The event was first held in 2009 to discover new faces and introduce their work to the public.
Along with exhibitions, the association has held field trips across the country and creative camps every year to encourage artists to find inspiration for new work.
“With the motto of ‘Arts connecting life’, the association’s trips and camps are necessary for artists to change their feelings and seek new topics to produce more quality works,” Tiên said. —
Three Vietnamese directors win awards at Singapore International Film Festival
Three young Vietnamese directors have been named the winners of various prizes at the 2021 Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).
The 2021 SGIFF ran from November 25 to December 5, featuring a diverse and inclusive range of over 100 films by filmmakers from all over the world.
The winners of the festival’s Silver Screen Awards were announced on Sunday.
Representatives from Vietnam won three awards this year.
‘The Men Who Wait’ by Truong Minh Quy won the Best Southeast Asian Short Film.
|A screenshot from ‘Grandma’s Broken Leg’ by Huynh Cong Nho. Photo: SGIFF|
The organizing board stated that the film depicts the aspirations and loneliness of people in their most vulnerable state.
‘Grandma’s Broken Leg’ by Huynh Cong Nho was honored with the Youth Jury Prize.
The Fellowship Prize was given to Pham Hoang Minh Thy for ‘Daughter of the Mountain God.’
Thy shared this prize with Filipino director Paul Rembert Patindol for his ‘Rafael’ film.
This year’s Best Film went to ‘Hit The Road’ by Iranian director Panah Panahi, while the Best Director title was presented to India’s P.S. Vinothraj for ‘Pebbles.’
|Vietnamese director Pham Hoang Minh Thy. Photo: SGIFF|
The SGIFF is the largest and longest-running ﬁlm event in Singapore.
Founded in 1987, the festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema, according to its website.
With the Silver Screen Awards as a component, the event recognizes excellence in Asian cinema in two main categories – Asian Feature Film Competition and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition.
Vietnamese, Hollywood films hit cinemas in festive season
HCM CITY – A number of Vietnamese and Hollywood movies will be released during the festive season to attract audiences back to the cinemas.
Bóng Đè (The Ancestral), a long-awaited horror movie directed and written by Lê Văn Kiệt, is coming to cinemas on December 24. Even though the film has not been officially released, it has already been licensed for distribution in 25 countries.
The work revolves around a widower named Thành and his two daughters. After suffering a family tragedy, Thanh and his children move to a centuries-old ancestral home where both daughters fall prey to sleep paralysis and night terrors.
The film features actor Quang Tuấn and teenage actresses Lâm Thanh Mỹ and Mai Cát Vi.
Mỹ, 15, rose to fame when acting in the award-winning movie Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) in 2015.
Meanwhile, the 12-year-old Vi is known for a supporting role in the action movie Hai Phượng (Furie), another work by director Kiệt which earned VNĐ160 billion (US$6.9 million) in the domestic market and VNĐ40 billion in the international market.
Kiệt graduated from the School of Theater, Film and Television at University of California, Los Angeles.
His popular works include horror film Ngôi Nhà Trong Hẻm (House in the Ally) and mystery-thriller Dịu Dàng (Gentle) – a modern Vietnamese adaptation of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel A Gentle Creature.
Another Vietnamese film, Bẫy Ngọt Ngào (Naked Truth), a directorial debut by female director Đinh Hà Uyên Thư, is set to premiere on December 31.
Thư, who is famous for producing viral music videos for Vietnamese pop stars like Sơn Tùng M-TP, Noo Phước Thịnh and Tóc Tiên, has spent three years on the drama about love, friendship and marriage.
The film features Bảo Anh, Minh Hằng and Diệu Nhi, who are expected to guarantee box-office success for the film.
“We’ve spent a tough year due to the pandemic. We set the premiere day of Bẫy Ngọt Ngào on December 31, a special day when people welcome a new year. Out with the old, in with the new!” said singer-actress Minh Hằng, the film’s producer.
“The year-end season is the perfect time for a film release. Despite competing with Hollywood blockbusters, Vietnamese film producers have been working very hard to bring audiences quality productions. I believe our works are going to bear fruit and the Vietnamese film industry will see a bright journey in 2022,” said the 35-year-old.
Bẫy Ngọt Ngào was scheduled to be released in May, but was postponed because of the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Rừng Thế Mạng (Survive), a psychological thriller by director Trần Hữu Tấn, which was scheduled to be released in June, will be in cinemas on December 31.
In addition, the festive season will see the premiere of Hollywood films in Việt Nam such as No Time To Die, Spider-man: No Way Home, Fast and Furious 9, and The Matrix Resurrections.
Nguyễn Hoàng Hải, chief content officer of CJ CGV Vietnam, said: “CGV hopes the reopening of cinemas revives the film industry. The company is ready to serve audiences with many Vietnamese and Hollywood films. In addition, many special Vietnamese film productions are completed and expected to premiere in the holiday season and for Tết (Lunar New Year).”
On November 19, HCM City authorities allowed cinemas to reopen in low risk (green), medium risk (yellow) and high risk (orange) zones, but not in very high risk red zones. Cinemas in green zones can operate at full capacity, while cinemas in yellow and orange zones must limit their capacity to 50 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.
Employees and customers need to be fully vaccinated and must comply with 5K COVID-safety rules, and use QR codes and apps to make medical declarations.
Despire reopening, cinemas owned by Thiên Ngân (Galaxy) Cinemas, CGV, Lotte and BHD have not seen many moviegoers in recent days.
Nguyễn Minh Đức of District 2 said he decided to go to the cinema alone, and not accompany his group of friends, to avoid gatherings.
“Many people are still worried about COVID-19, so they go to the cinema alone or stay at home to watch movies on streaming platforms,” Đức said:
Hải of CGV said since reopening, revenue has reached 30-35 per cent compared to before the pandemic.
Writing contest for students launched
HCM CITY — A writing contest targeting Vietnamese students at home and abroad has been launched by the Áo Trắng (White Long Dress school uniform) magazine in HCM City.
The contest, Tết 5k (Lunar New Year Festival with 5K anti-coronavirus rules), aims to discover and support young writers. It will offer offer prizes in the categories of essay and short stories.
The organiser seeks works with themes about people’s daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly living safely in the “new normal” state with the anti-coronavirus rules 5Ks, which in Vietnamese stands for: Khẩu trang (facemask), Khử khuẩn (disinfection), Khoảng cách (distance), Không tụ tập (no gathering), and Khai báo y tế (health declaration).
The stories, challenges and sacrifices that doctors, nurses and other health workers have faced in quarantine zones are encouraged. Themes on love, solidarity, mercy, energy and belief are also included.
Entries should be no less than 800 words and no longer than 1,500 words, and postmarked by January 1, 2022. They should be sent to the organiser’s email at tap[email protected]
Famous authors, poets and translators will be part of the jury.
“We hope our contest will give students a chance to improve their writing and develop their talent,” veteran poet Trần Hoàng Nhân of Áo Trắng magazine, a member of the contest’s organising board, said.
Áo Trắng magazine was one of many popular magazines for secondary school students, including Tuổi Ngọc (Teen Age) and Hoa Học Trò (Flowers of Students), in the 1980s-90s in HCM City.
The magazine worked with dozens of famous writers, such as Nguyễn Thị Minh Ngọc, Lê Minh Quốc and Tôn Nữ Thu Dung, to release books on teen loves, hopes and dreams. It released many works by students and young writers.
The magazine was printed for the last time in October, 2021. It is scheduled to be availavle online in early 2022.
“The dearth of age-appropriate material leaves teenagers with very few choices for their needs. Writers and publishers should work together to increase the number of magazines and books for teenagers on the market,” said veteran author Từ Kế Tường, who worked for Áo Trắng in the 1980s.
Tường began his career in 1969 in Sài Gòn (now Hồ Chí Minh City). He was popular in the 1970s and 80s. He has released more than 50 books, mostly novels and short stories for teenagers.
The best works of the contest Tết 5k will be published on the fanpage of Áo Trắng. The prize winners will be announced on January 16.
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