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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Trương Minh Quý

TRUONG Minh Quý (Vietnam, 1990) was born in Buon Ma Thuot, a small city in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. In his films, he experiments with combining abstract concepts and images with realistic improvisations during shooting. He is an alumnus of the 2012 Asian Film Academy (Busan International Film Festival) and 2016 Berlinale Talents. His films have been selected for international film festivals and exhibitions such as the Locarno International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, IFFR, Busan International Film Festival and Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. He won the main Art Prize at the 20th VideoBrasil (São Paulo) in 2017. His second feature, The Tree House (2019), premiered at Locarno Film Festival, where it was acclaimed as “one of the festival’s three best premieres” by MUBI and “a singular entrancing ode to memory and filmmaking” by The Film Stage. The film went on to screen at major festivals worldwide.


(selection) A Raw Video (2012, short doc), Someone Is Going to Forest (2013, short), Mars in the Well (2014, short, co-dir), Déjà Vu (2014, short), The City of Mirrors (2015, short), How Green Was the Calabash Garden (2016, short doc), The City of Mirrors: A Fictional Biography (2016), The Tree House (2019), Nhím/Porcupine (2023, short)

Trương Minh Quý at IFFR

  • Viêt and Nam

    Before leaving Vietnam in a container alongside future migrants, Nam, a young miner, wants to find the remains of his father, a soldier killed du

  • Porcupine

    A young man broadcasts poses from an urban ruin: a portrait of our times.

    • Short & Mid-length
  • The Tree House

    The reflections of a filmmaker on Mars, prompted by the stories told by an isolated people in Vietnam.

    • Bright Future Main Programme
  • How Green Was the Calabash Garden

    A sincere, personalfilm with an unexpected twist when the director starts reflecting on the veteran’s story in an original manner.

    • Voices Short