Official Selection


Thriller, Social Issues
World Premiere

Drowsy City

Tukkuv linn
Director: Dung Luong Dinh
Country: Viet Nam
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:14
Language: Vietnamese
Producer: Vũ Thị Ngọc Diệp/ Judy
Screenwriter: LƯƠNG ĐÌNH DŨNG
DoP: Phạm Văn Khuê, Chaiyapruek Bank Chalermpornpanit
Editor: Phạm Thị Hảo
Music: Martynas Bialobzeskis
Cast: Nguyễn Quốc Toàn, Lê Thúy Hiền, Vũ Minh Trí, Tạ Xuân Tuế, Trần Văn Ba Trường
Production: Tu Van Film Production


The unique story of a young man named Tao unfolds at breath-taking pace in the heart of a bustling city, a circle of hell harbouring abuse, crime and salvific revenge.

Slaughtering chickens for a living, Tao spends most of his time in close proximity with the birds which seem to be the only companions to his solitude. Until one day three strange gangsters come to hide in the abandoned building where he is living in, bringing violence, noisy drunkenness, bullying and a young prostitute. Turning for the worst, the situation will precipitate into a spiral of muted love and cruel torture to an utterly unpredictable outcome.

Original, at times disturbing and always captivating, the latest film by Luong Dinh Dung confirms him as one of Vietnam’s remarkable auteurs. From the choice of each beautifully composed frames, to strong visual storytelling and the striking bird’s eye view shots of the city – breathing spaces among the bloody cruelty of the slaughters – Luong’s talented mise-en-scene is as innovative as it is consummate. Definitely a talent to watch.

Giovanna Fulvi


Dung Luong Dinh (b. 1973) started writing poems and short stories at the age of 12. In the period of 
1989 – 1996, he had taken different types of job such as gold miner, red ruby digger, kung fu master and then he worked at different positions of a porter, a blacksmith and a mechanic at a local company. During the period, he published his first novel named „The Ownerless Girls“. In 2004 one of his short films named „Red Happiness“ was received the Merit Award given by Vietnam Cinema Association and selectively screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He finished his studying and got the Master of Fine Arts at the Hanoi Academy of Movie and Theatre University in 2010. „Father and Son“ is his very first featured film which has been prepared for more than 10 years which is based on his short story written in 1995. Films was screened at PÖFF in 2017.
Director's filmography: Cha Cõng Con (Isa ja poeg, PÖFF 2017), Drowsy City (2019)
  • Dung Luong Dinh

    Thu, November 21, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 070102
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Martynas Bialobzeskis, Luong Dinh Dung, Diep Vu Thi Ngoc, Ngo Thi Phuong Thanh
    Screening duration: 01:44
    Language: Vietnamese

    Fri, November 22, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 081901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:14
    Language: Vietnamese

    Fri, November 29, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 5, Tallinn

    Screening code: 151303
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:14
    Language: Vietnamese






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