Film screening and conversation with the Director, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM James Bridges Theater Melnitz Hall, UCLA Campus Los Angeles, CA 90095
"Nuoc (2030)" is a futuristic feature film set in 2030 Vietnam from the critically acclaimed director of "Buffalo Boy," Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ. In a near future Vietnam where global warming and rising seawater levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect in her husband's murder.
It is the year 2030. Catastrophic climate change as a result of global warming means that most of the arable land in southern Vietnam is now below sea level. Most of the population has already been evacuated, but Sao and her husband Thi refuse to leave their land. They are living in a stilt house and subsisting on the dwindling fish population. On floating farms along the coast, major multinational corporations are working on a secret project to create vegetables, now a rare commodity. When her husband is murdered Sao gets a job at the floating farm where she suspects she may find his murderer. She discovers that the concern is making use of genetic engineering in its production and that the processes used pose a huge health risk. Does the chief scientist, who was once her lover, have anything to do with her husband’s death? Her quest for the truth sucks her into a whirlpool of events that eventually see her faced with a dramatic decision. Nuoc is a masterful, atmospheric weave of elements from different genres: part end-of-the-world film, part science fiction, part thriller and part romance.
Awards: - 2013 Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Award - Opening Night Selection of Panorama (2014 Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival) - Best Feature Film at the San Pedro International Film Festival - Best Actress by the Cinema Association of Ho Chi Minh City
• Starring Quynh Hoa, Quý Bình, Thach Kim Long, Hoàng Tran Minh Duc, Hoàng Phi • Written and Directed By Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ