Golden Kite winners awarded

(VOV) - Ho Chi Minh City hosted a March 9 ceremony to present the prestigious 2012 Golden Kite Awards, Vietnam's local equivalent of the Oscars.

Numerous outstanding actors and actresses attended the ceremony, alongside famous directors, singers, and other Vietnamese celebrities.

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The 2012 Golden Kite nominees included 11 feature films, 18 video films, 24 short films, 13 animations, 37 scientific films, 10 documentaries, and 13 cinematography research works. 

The jury awarded the Feature Golden Kite title to the film “Thien Menh Anh Hung” (Blood Letter). It also swept many of the festival’s other prizes.

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Directed by Victor Vu, “Thien Menh Anh Hung” cost an estimated VND25 billion to produce and portrays the difficult fate of a son left alone after his royal family is massacred during the Nguyen Dynasty.

The media prize went to “Bi Mat Tham Do” (Scandal), an exploration of the dark side of show business through the life and love of a young actress.

Even though its controversial content has delayed its public release, the video film “Thai su Tran Thu Do” (Great Tutor Tran Thu Do) was also included in the Golden Kite top three. 

The Vietnam Cinematography Association used the ceremony to honour People’s Artists Huy Thanh and Truong Qua, recognising their great contributions to the development of the art of cinematography in Vietnam.