Death of Soldier (2020, Truong Minh Quy )

This found-footage essay compiles scenes of soldiers’ deaths in various Vietnamese propaganda war movies in an effort to understand the public adherence to—and manipulative purposes of—this distinct cinematic tradition. — Truong Minh Quý was born in Buon Ma Thuot, a…

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This found-footage essay compiles scenes of soldiers’ deaths in various Vietnamese propaganda war movies in an effort to understand the public adherence to—and manipulative purposes of—this distinct cinematic tradition.

Truong Minh Quý was born in Buon Ma Thuot, a small city in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Quý lives and works here and there in the vibrancy of memories and present moments, his narratives and images, lying between documentary and fiction, personal and impersonal, drawing on the landscape of his homeland, childhood memories, and the historical context of Vietnam. In his films, he has experimented with combining abstract concepts-images with realistic improvisations during shooting. His films have been selected for international film festivals and exhibitions such as Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Busan, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris & Berlin. He is the alumnus of 2012 Asian Film Academy (Busan International Film Festival) and 2016 Berlinale Talents (Berlin International Film Festival). He won the main art prize at the 20th Video Brasil, Sao Paulo in 2017. His second feature film, The Tree House (2019), premiered in 72nd Locarno Film Festival (Filmmaker of the Present Competition), where it was regarded as “Three of the festival’s best premieres” by Mubi and “an ode to memory and filmmaking” by The Film Stage. The film continued to screen in 57th New York Film Festival, Viennale, Festival Des 3 Continents, Rotterdam
International Film Festival, CPH:Dox.

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