Bi, Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!

Bi, Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!  {Bi, dung so!}
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Bi, Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!
Bi, dung so!
Vietnam, 2010, 92 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany / France
Topics: Asian, Drama, Sex
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Vietnamese English Sub-Titles

Six-year-old Bi lives in Hanoi with his parents, his aunt and a maid in a stifling old house. His parents’ relationship is getting worse and his 30-year-old sexually repressed aunt (a high school teacher) has never touched a man. Left alone, Bi plays by himself under the watchful eye of the maid.

Bi’s grandfather, a retired diplomat, comes home with a serious illness. At first afraid of this strange man, Bi’s curiosity, gradually brings him closer to the sick man. Bi’s father, whose only thought is to bed the masseuse he goes to everyday, escapes in alcohol and avoids his own father, while Bi’s aunt has sexual fantasies about a 16-year-old she met on the school bus. Left to his own devices, Bi escapes to his favorite places: the cool ice factory next door and the tall grasses by the river’s edge. In this stifling heat, ice is the only tangible connection between family members. A film about childhood rather than for children, Bi contains some erotic scenes. Winner of two awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Film, Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong.

DIRECTOR: Phan Dang Di
Producer: Claire Lajoumard
Editor: Julie Beziau
Screenwriter: Phan Dang Di
Cinematographer: Minh Quang Pham
Music: Vu Nhat Tan
Principal Cast: Phan Thanh Minh, Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh, Nguyen Ha Phong, Hoa Thuy, Tran Tien, Mai Chau
Filmography: Debut Feature

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