Friday 09 May 2014

This year, ‘How I live now’ – the UK film directed by Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, opens the EU Film Festival 2014 in Vietnam. Cinema fans in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City can enjoy a wide selection of recent films at the European Union Film Festival 2014 catering for audiences of all ages.  

The British Council proudly opens the festival with ‘How I live now’ -  the brilliant adaptation of the 2004 novel of same name by Meg Rosoff which won the British Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the American Printz Award for young-adult literature. The film will not only satisfy the audience with beautiful landscapes of England, but also gives them a great taste of British modern literature. This film is directed by Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald (One day in September, The last king of Scotland) with the captivating performance of Saoirse Ronan (Lovely Bones, Atonement…).

Chris Brown, Country Director, British Council Vietnam said: ‘The United Kingdom is internationally recognised as a hub for many art forms including cinema. This year, we are delighted that a UK film will open the annual EU Film Festival in Vietnam. I hope this great film, “How I live now” will leave audiences with both a desire to visit the UK and see more of our beautiful landscapes as well as some deeper feelings about the importance of peace.’

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy must discover previously untapped strengths to ensure her survival and retrieve lost love.

‘How I live now’ is a realistically beautiful combination of an UK modern literature work and a talented film crew. We proudly present it to Vietnamese audience and hope that you will have an immediate appreciation for the film as for the UK and its cinema’, said Chris Brown.

Screening schedule of UK film:

  • Hanoi: 16 May (20.00) and 22 May (18.00)
  • Da Nang: 17 May (19.30) 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 19 May (20.00) & 20 May (18.00) 

Venue :

  • National Cinema Centre, 87 Lang Ha, Hanoi
  • BHD Star Cineplex, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC 
  •  CGV Cinemas Danang, Vinh Trung Plaza, 255-257 Hung Vuong, Danang

Free tickets can be picked up from 12 May 2014 at British Council, 20 Thuy Khue, Hanoi and from 14 May at British Council, 25 Le Duan, District 1, HCMC

Notes to Editor

Mr Vu Hai Dang
Communications Manager
British Council
20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi
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