Pomelo

TRAN Phuong Thao, Swann DUBUS
  • Vietnam
  • 2018
  • 75min
  • ProRes422
  • Color
  • World Premiere
CompetitionInternational Competition

Screening Schedule

  • 09월 16일 15:30-16:45 Code 322 Megabox Baekseok Comport 6 G Q&A
  • 09월 19일 11:00-12:15 Code 604 Megabox Baekseok Comport 6 G
* Unless follwing Subtitle code is marked, all films will have English subtitles.
N None English dialogue without English subtitle
K Korean dialogue without English subtitle

Synopsis

Hanoi, Vietnam. Pomelo neighborhood must be razed to the ground to build a new ring road. Several groups of migrant workers comin from rural provinces are struggling to make a living from the demolition or despite of it.

Director

  • TRAN Phuong Thao
    Find Phong (2015)
    With or Without Me (2011)
    Worker's Dream (2007)
  • Swann DUBUS
    Find Phong (2015)
    With or Without Me (2011)
    L. Ville (2007)
    A Letter for L (2003)
    1970-1989 (2000)

Review

Pomelo is falling apart. The laborers living in Pomelo cannot do anything in the face of cranes that demolish their homes. Actually, in order to get steel that they can exchange for money, they must tear down the houses. Pomelo reveals the bare faces of the residents whose survival is threatened. The movements of the women rushing to get steel from the rubble appear desperate rather than greedy. The situation is no different for the apprentices at the beauty salon that is soon to be demolished. They must find a new place to stay. However, the demolition workers doggedly chase away the steel-picking women and the beauty salon apprentices continue to practice hair cuts. Their labor appears to be an act of desperation that goes beyond financial returns. They cannot let go of their work, not because they have a strong will not to give up but because they are doing the only thing they can do for the next few minutes or hours while they are still in Pomelo. They work to prevent a breakdown. That is all that they can do before they must bid farewell to Pomelo soon. [KWON Semi]

Credits

  • PRODUCER  TRAN Phuong Thao, Swann DUBUS
  • CINEMATOGRAPY  Swann DUBUS
  • EDITOR  Christine BOUTEILLER
  • MUSIC DAM  Quang Minh
  • SOUND  Arnaud SOULIER

Distribution / World Sales

  • Swann DUBUS  swanndm@yahoo.fr
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