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Cinema Extraordinaire
Adrift

Adrift

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Choi voi
Vietnam / 2009 / 110 min
DIRECTOR:
Bui Thac Chuyen
A young newlywed couple in Hanoi explore their sexual desires

Set in modern Hanoi, ADRIFT is a sensual, intimate and atmospheric drama about a newlywed couple, that explores sexual awakening, lesbian desire and marital infidelity. These topics are still largely taboo in conservative Vietnam, but due to the country's transition from communism to a form of capitalism, the rapidly changing economic reality means a shift in social mores. Nevertheless, age-old traditions are still largely observed, especially with regard to the sacred ritual of marriage.

Bui Thac Chuyen

Bui Thac Chuyen was born in Hanoi and studied acting and directing at the Hanoi Institute of Theatre and Cinema. His short film NIGHT RUN was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation section in 2001. His debut feature film LIVING IN FEAR (2005), about a Vietnam soldier after the US-war has won several awards and follows up on a theme central in Bui’s 2001 documentary TAY DAO DAT.