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Love, Dad

Love, Dad

Milý tati
Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic, Slovakia
2021
13 min
n.a.
School Program
Synopsis

As a child, Diana was separated from her father for a year when he ended up in prison. But the distance was easily bridged by the letters he wrote to her, and she to him. Separation came again later in her life, when her father left the family for good. This time there was no more contact between them.

Now an adult, Diana attempts to revive her relationship with her father by writing a letter, in the form of a film. It is a process interwoven with personal struggle. She wants to forgive him and lovingly reincorporate him in her life, but she resents the traditional Vietnamese culture, traditions, and norms that drove him away from her.

The film’s director Diana Cam Van Nguyen makes ingenious use of the letter as a medium to connect past events with present desires. She uses a hybrid blend of archive photography and animation to evoke the atmosphere of a literary interior monologue veering from remembrance to denunciation to invocation.

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Credits
13 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Czech
Director
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Production
    Karolína Davidová for 13ka
    Karolína Davidová for 13ka
Co-production
    Tomáš Šimon for Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU),
    Jakub Viktorin for Nutprodukcia
    Tomáš Šimon for Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU),
    Jakub Viktorin for Nutprodukcia
Cinematography
    Kryštof Melka,
    Matěj Piňos
    Kryštof Melka,
    Matěj Piňos
Screenplay
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen,
    Lukas Janicik
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen,
    Lukas Janicik
Editing
    Lukas Janicik
    Lukas Janicik
Animation
    Barbora Halířová,
    David Štumpf,
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen,
    Vojtěch Domlátil
    Barbora Halířová,
    David Štumpf,
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen,
    Vojtěch Domlátil
Sound
    Viera Marinová
    Viera Marinová
Sound Design
    Viera Marinová
    Viera Marinová
Music
    Viera Marinová
    Viera Marinová
Screening copy
    Miyu Distribution
    Miyu Distribution
World Sales
    Miyu Distribution
    Miyu Distribution
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