6-8 October 2019

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PROJECT Skin of Youth (4K / color / 105min / Vietnam) NO 26
PRODUCTION An Nam Productions, Mayfair Pictures
PROJECT STATUSDevelopment, Financing
Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and received her MFA in Filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her feature debut, The Third Wife (2018), premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and won the NETPAC Award. It also screened at Busan International Film Festival 2018, and won prizes at San Sebastian, Chicago, Cairo, Kolkata, Bangkok and other film festivals.
Tran Thi Bich Ngoc graduated from the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, Vietnam. Having worked on big international productions in Vietnam, such as The Quiet American (Phillip Noyce, 2002) and The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Tran Anh Hung, 2000), she also produced successful and entertaining films for the Vietnamese market, as well as acclaimed art-house independent films by directors such as Phan Dang Di, Ash Mayfair, and Bui Thac Chuyen.

An Nam Productions is a boutique production company operated by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc since 2015. The purpose of the company is to produce films with great stories and artistic value that can travel across borders. Company credits include The Third Wife (Ash Mayfair, 2018), The Immortal (Victor Vu, 2018), and Goodbye Mother (Trinh Dinh Le Minh, 2019), and upcoming projects include Glorious Ashes (Bui Thac Chuyen).
1998, in Saigon, San wants to make enough money for a sex-change operation that will fulfill her dream of living in a woman’s body. Her boyfriend, Nam, works as an underground dog-cage fighter to support this dream. The young couple is sucked into a vicious cycle of money and violence that eventually fractures their relationship. When San’s obsession creates distance between them, Nam seeks comfort with a young prostitute, Mimi, who ends up becoming pregnant. San must now find it in herself to forgive her lover and accept Mimi and the baby. Is it possible that in the society of 1990s Vietnam, a trans-person, a fighter, a prostitute and an old grandmother could conceivably come together, however briefly, to experience belonging and maybe even to raise a baby? This patchwork family barely finds a moment of peace when Nam’s rage against those who threaten them plunges everyone into yet another dangerous situation.
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