Tôi là Việt Nam

One of the most beautiful single long shots in the history of cinema comes from an early sequence of the 1964  film, Soy Cuba (I am Cuba), a b&w film shot in Cuba by Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov. This film has left a strong impact on me while studying film in art school. I noticed then that there were several parallels with Vietnam including the tropical settings, the revlolutionary and socialist propaganda, the romanticization of the country side and the colonial architectures. I wanted to "re-shoot" the film scene for scene is Vietnam. 

Pictured here are screenshots from the film printed out and pasted in a large sketchbook with notes. 



Film Script, 2003

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