The UK Film Festival 2013 has been a feast for film lovers in five major cities in Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong, Danang and Can Tho. For the first time, outdoor screening was organised in the rural district of Hoa Vang with participation of hundreds of local people.
This was a major event to kick-off the GREAT British week in Vietnam celebrating the 40th anniversary of Vietnam and UK diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of a British Council presence in Vietnam.
The film selections included Local Hero (1983), A Private Function (1984), the Witches (1990), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Shaun of the Dead (2004).
Of these, Four weddings and a Funeral was probably the most known among Vietnamese film lovers. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and became the highest grossing British film in the cinema history at the time, with worldwide box office in excess of $245 million.
Another classic which was well received by local audience was Local Hero. The film was praised by critics as a “perfect, magical, intelligent comedy”, and was nominated for seven BAFTA Awards, winning the Award for Best Direction.
As an extension to the UK Film Week in Ho Chi Minh City, a UK Animation Day took place with a selection of four short films including “Back to School Mr Bean”, “A Day of Mr Bean”, “Lost and Found” and a collection of three shorts from British Animation Now.