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THE TASTE OF PHO 
 
SMAK PHO

 

 

THE TASTE OF PHO

drama I 2020 I Poland, Germany

WEDNESDAY 28/10/2020 7:00pm

 

 

Original Title:  Smak pho

Duration:        84 min

Language:       Polish, Vietnamese with English subtitles

 

Director:  Mariko Bobrik 

Writer:     Mariko Bobrik 

Cast:        Thang Long Do, Lena Nguyen, Aleksandra Domańska, Bogusława Pawelec, Gia Khai Ton

 

 

A warm story about love, food and being torn between two cultures. A Vietnamese cook living in Warsaw struggles to fit into the European culture, which his ten year old daughter has already embraced as her own.

Long (Thang Long Do), a widowed cook who has mastered his pho soup recipe to perfection, lives with his 10-year-old daughter Maja (Lena Nguyen) in Warsaw. On the surface he seems well integrated into his new country, although not as well as his daughter who constantly reminds him they live in a European country where things are different than in Vietnam. She doesn’t understand his heritage, and he doesn’t want to forget about it. When Long’s boss Hien (Gia Khai Ton) decides to return to Vietnam, the Vietnamese restaurant is converted by the new owner to a combination of sushi bar and Thai restaurant. Adapting to this change is still only a minor challenge to Long compared to raising his rebellious daughter as a single parent.

THE TASTE OF PHO had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. It is a feature debut of Japan born Mariko Bobrik who now lives in Poland, where Vietnamese people are one of the largest ethnic minorities. While she gives the audiences an insight into the life of Warsaw’s Vietnamese community, her story is much more universal and will strike a chord with many Australians of diverse heritage.

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"Bobrik delivers a pleasing debut that shines a light on immigration problems from a different angle than most other films, and a perspective that is very welcome. — Cédric Succivalli, International Cinephile Society

MARIKO BOBRIK

 

Born in Fukuoka, Japan 1983. Graduated from the Łódź Film School in 2009. She was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation (2012) and the Berlinale Talents programme's Script Station (2013). Her script won the 2nd prize at Poland’s Script Pro competition in 2015. To date, she has directed the short films KOONIKLASTER (2007), winner of the award for Best International Short Film at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, VENA CAVA (2009) and NECESITO SABER (2015), presented at the Cannes Festival.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

NOMINATED: Best Feature Film, Molodist International Film Festival I 2020

NOMINATED: Grand Jantar Best Feature Debut Koszalinski Festiwal Debiutów Filmowych Mlodzi i Film I 2020

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FESTIVAL DATES

 

 

Program Announced

4 Oct 2020

 

Tickets on Sale
8 Oct 2020

 

Sydney Opening Night 

Sunday 25 Oct 2020

Festival Dates

25 Oct  – 8 Nov 2020

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