Special Guest: Director/Screenwriter Dang Nhat Minh will discuss
his films following each screening.
Bao Gio Cho Den Thang Muoi
(When The Tenth Month Comes)
This slightly subdued melodrama revolves around a woman and her
son in a Vietnamese village. The title refers to the month in which
the Day of Forgiveness occurs; a time when it is said that departed
souls may visit loved ones still living. Traveling to town to discover
why her husband has not returned from the war, the protagonist
Duyen learns that he has been killed in the line of duty. Unable
to break the news to her family, she convinces the local schoolteacher
to forge letters from her departed husband. Complications arise
as the schoolteacher develops feelings for her. When her son runs
away, the soldiers who pick him up reveal Duyan’s secret
to him. With the air cleared, the family is free to move on with
—The Legacy Project.
1984, Vietnam • 95 Minutes • 35mm • Directed by
Dang Nhat Minh • In Vietnamese with English subtitles
This 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
(The Guava Season)
The Guava Season is the story of a simple-minded man who manages
to earn some money by posing for students at Hanoi's art school.
He has lost his mental faculties after falling off the guava tree
over the garden of his family home - he has been locked in his childhood memories
ever since. Immediately after the withdrawal of the French army, the house
was expropriated by the state and sold to a top senior civil servant. Obsessed
with the idea of returning to his old
home, Hoa breaks into its garden and, unintentionally, frightens the
daughter of the civil servant.
—Berlin Film Festival program notes
2000, Vietnam • 100 Minutes • 35mm • Directed by
Dang Nhat Minh
In Vietnamese with English subtitles
This 35mm print courtesy of Vietnam Cinema Department.
These screenings are co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies.