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LONG Métrage | 2014
Battement d’ailes dans les airs (Flapping in the middle of nowhere)
Hoang Diep Nguyen
Pays concerné : Viet Nam
Réalisateur(s) : Hoang Diep Nguyen
Avec : Thierry Lenouvel, Hoang Diep Nguyen, Hoang Diep Nguyen
Durée : 99
Genre : société
Type : fiction


Tùng, 18 ans, est employé dans une société d’éclairage public. Passionné de combats de coq, il aime aussi cracher sur les passants du haut de la grue avec laquelle il travaille. Sa fiancée, Huyên, 17 ans, est une étudiante dont le voisin, Linh est un travesti. Huyên, apprenant qu’elle est enceinte de Tùng, choisit d’avorter. Pour financer l’opération, Tùng décide de jouer et de parier sur des combats de coq. Mais il s’endette et prend la fuite. Pour venir en aide à Huyên, Linh la présente à la patronne d’un réseau d’escort-girls. La jeune femme tombe amoureuse d’un de ses clients mais celui-ci disparaît aussitôt après qu’elle s’est offerte à lui. Au même moment, Tùng resurgit. Il a gagné de quoi financer l’avortement…

Réalisatrice : Hoang Diep NGUYEN (Vietnam)

2014, Vietnam / France / Norvège / Allemagne – Fiction/Romance – 99 min – Couleur – Langue : vietnamien

1er long-métrage

avec Thuy Anh Nguyen, Bao Son Tran, Ha Hoang, Thanh Duy Pham Tran

Produit par :

VBLOCK Media (Hoang Diep NGUYEN), Vietnam

Film Allee (David Lindner), Allemagne

Cinésud Promotion (Thierry Lenouvel), France

Film Farms (Alan Milligan), Norvège

avec l’Aide de World Cinema Fund (du Festival international du film de Berlin), de Global Film Initiative (Aide à la production ou post-production), de l’Aide aux cinémas du Monde (Aide avant réalisation, CNC/Institut Français), du Sorfund (Norvège), du Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud (40 000 euros d’aide à la production et 15 000 euros d’aide à la finition, OIF / CIRTEF).

Ventes Internationales Premium Films

Busan International Film Festival

* Sélection – Section A Window on Asian Cinema.

Toronto International Film Festival

* Sélection – Section Discovery

Premiere Status: North American Premiere

Mostra de Venise

* Sélection – Semaine de la critique
* Prix FEDEORA (Federation of film critics of Europe and the mediterranean) / Best Film Prize

2012 | Festival de Cannes (La Fabrique des Cinémas du Mondes), Cannes, France

* Sélection – projet de film (Vietnam)

* Lauréat – fonds d’Aide aux cinémas du monde (France),

* Lauréat – World cinema fund (Allemagne),

* Lauréat – Sorfund (Norvège)

* Lauréat – Fonds francophone pour la Production Audiovisuelle (OIF, France).


When they discover that they are pregnant, a young couple in Hanoi resort to desperate (and bizarre) measures to raise money for an abortion.

Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung (Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere) tells the story of Huyen (played by Nguyen Thuy Anh), a girl who needs money for an abortion after her boyfriend deserts her. She then turns to a transsexual close friend for help and begins to find happiness with a man (by Tran Bao Son) who has a special passion for pregnant women.

A film by Diep Hoang NGUYEN

Country: Vietnam/France/Norway/Germany
Orig. Work Title: Dap canh giua khong trung
Year: 2014
Language: Vietnamese
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: 18A

Executive Producer: Diep Hoang Nguyen
Producers: Diep Hoang Nguyen, (Vietnam)
Coproducers: Thierry Lenouvel (France), Alan Milligan (Norway), David Lindner (Germany).

Production Companies: VBlock Media, Ciné-Sud Promotion, Film Farms, Filmallee

Principal Cast: Thuy Anh Nguyen, Bao Son Tran, Ha Hoang, Thanh Duy Pham Tran

Huyen and Tung are both barely adults. She is a college student; he works for the city. They live in Hanoi, far from their families, and never have more than enough money to scrape by. The couple is generally careless, and Tung always wants to have sex, so it is perhaps no great surprise when Huyen discovers that she is pregnant. Huyen doesn’t want to keep the baby – at least, she’s fairly sure she doesn’t want to keep it – and Tung goes along with whatever she says. But how will they pay for the abortion?

Vietnamese director Nguyen Hoang Diep’s feature debut Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is a frank yet tender examination of what happens when youthful ambivalence is confronted with life-altering decisions. Tung’s strategy for gathering cash for the abortion is to join in the illegal cockfights held outside the city in deserted locales. Huyen’s method of fundraising is equally precarious: she accepts her sex-worker friend’s offer to hook her up with a client who has a fetish for pregnant women. But this moneymaking technique will take her into surprising and bizarre psychological territory.

From the very first shot, Nguyen establishes herself as a filmmaker with an elegant and unusual vision, filling her film with eye-catching images that function simultaneously as metaphors and as crafty storytelling devices.

A bold story of dizzying romantic negotiations and hard-won self-realization, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is a distinct addition to the canon of contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, one that takes an unabashedly female perspective and isn’t afraid to linger in life’s more difficult moments.
GIOVANNA FULVI (TIFF 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival).

Director: Diep Hoang Nguyen
Screenplay: Diep Hoang Nguyen
Cinematographer: Quang Minh Pham
Editor: Gustavo Vasco, Jacques Comets
Sound: Thu Thuy Hoang, Nicolas D’halluin, Jean-Guy Véran
Music: Pierre Aviat
Production Designer: NSND Vinh Quang Pham, Nam Dam Nguyen

International Sales Agent: Premium Films

related: Female Director, First Feature, Drama, Women, Vietnamese