Film Love, Dad takes its director Diana Cam Van Nguyen back to her childhood days. Back then, her father used to send her affectionate letters from prison. Now years later, she replies to him – blaming him for family break-up but also trying to understand.
Using a very unusual technique for her film, combining live-action with various animation techniques, the author touches the tension between Vietnamese traditions and Western values.
Love, Dad premiered at Locarno Film Festival in August 2021, got an honourable mention for female filmmakers at Toronto IFF. Screenings at another 16 festivals have now been confirmed, of which 6 qualify the film for the Oscar competition. In London, it competes with other 9 great films from all over the world, being the only animation there. The film’s impressive festival journey together with the success of the director’s previous films make Diana Cam Van Nguyen an established animated documentary author.
Fri, Oct 08 – 21:00 Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
In her films, Diana focuses on intimate topics through the means of animated documentary. Her previous shorts The Little One (2017) and Apart (2018) were screened at dozens of festival and competed as finalists for ECFA Doc Award 2018 or BAFTA Student Film Award 2019.