The Tree House

  • 84'
  • Singapore
  • 2019

Mars, 2045. An unnamed filmmaker thinks back to the people he filmed in the mountains, caves and small villages of Vietnam: members of the Cor and Rục peoples. He is working on a film in which he combines their memories – for example, of the Vietnam war and being driven from their homes by the Americans – with his own. One of his subjects is Hồ Văn Lang, a man who lived in the forest for 40 years after his home was bombed. The filmmaker also uses historical footage of local people filmed by American soldiers. But what about his own intentions? Did he have the right to put these people in front of his camera, to enter their world and take their stories?

Alongside the science-fiction element, it is above all such reflections that give this documentary its exceptional, unique quality. Together, the fragmented stories of both the interviewees and the filmmaker/narrator lead to an associative exploration of the concept of ‘home’.

Director
Truong Minh Quý
Countries of production
Singapore, Vietnam, Germany, France, China
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
84'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Nhà cây
Language
Vietnamese
Producer
Xiao-Dong Guo
Production Company
Levo Films
Sales
Levo Films
Screenplay
Truong Minh Quý
Cinematography
Son Doan
Editor
Truong Minh Quý
Sound Design
Ernst Karel, Arnaud Soulier
Cast
Van Lang Ho, Thi Hau Cao