The City of Mirrors: a fictional biography

THANH PHO NHUNG TAM GUONG: MOT TIEU SU HU CAU

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Synopsis

The City of Mirrors is a fictionalised autobiography of the romance between a son’s parents. Time becomes a transient narrative as the film dips between then and now, bookmarking coloured memories with black and white reality. The film contains footage from distinct eras: during the monsoon season in 2015; before the son leaves Vietnam in 2045; and his return in 2048, when the country is submerged in water. A melancholic track contrasts with the bare soundscape, signalling watershed moments in a hypnotic experience.

This emotional drama is helmed by the director and his family, blurring the lines between real-life and fiction, an introspective connection between the urban and natural environments, as well as a meta-evaluation of identity.

Credits

  • web-58-thecityofmirrors-director Truong Minh Quy is born in 1990 in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam. He is an alumni of the Asian Film Academy and Berlinale Talents. His short film Mars in the Well (2014) competed at the 25th edition of this festival. An extension of his short film of the same name, The City of Mirrors: A Fictional Biography is his debut feature.
  • Son Pham, Vu Quynh Ha, Freddy Nadolny Poustochkine
  • Truong Minh Quy
  • Trang Thi Nguyen, Tuan Minh Truong, En Thi Nguyen
  • Truong Minh Quy - minhquytruong@gmail.com

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