Love, Dad
Milý tati
Diana Cam Van Nguyen, 2021, 12'42''

Jury's motivation:

Love, Dad is a stunning first person confession of a girl to her father. This experimental film uses an animation technique in an innovative way and creates a truly powerful story through letters that seeks contact with the father. Its refined forms of narration and the highly emotional story, which deals with the Vietnamese tradition of male posterity, convinced the jury to give it the main award.

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Dekle najde pisma polna ljubezni, ki jih je pred leti napisal oče.

A short film about ties and gaps between a child and a parent.
The author rediscovers love letters her dad used to write her from prison. That love seems to be gone now.
She decides to write back in hope to find the connection again. She puts in writing what could not be said: blaming him for family´s break-up but also trying to understand.

Director's statement:

It is the author´s story.
When she was 11 her dad was in prison suspected of a tax fraud and wrote her letters full of love.
Now 15 years later she rediscovered those letters and that was the trigger for this film – making this film
was a process of evaluation & reflection of their relationship and decision to make it better again.
The film is her letter-reply to her dad.
Diana´s dad is the first viewer of the film.

Director biography:

Diana Cam Van Nguyen (*1993, Czech Republic) is a Czech-Vietnamese director based in Prague. She did internships in Birmingham and Lyon and participated as artist in residence in Vienna MuseumQuartier.

Her bachelor film Malá / The Little One (2017) won several awards at festivals and competed for ECFA Doc Award at Berlinale 2019. Her next short film Spolu sami / Apart (2018)
internationally premiered at IFF Rotterdam 2019 in the section Voices shorts, competed at Annecy, BFI London Film Festival and was a finalist for BAFTA Student Film Award 2019.

Her current short Love, Dad (2021) premieres in Locarno Film Festival in Pardi di domani section. Diana studies animation master programme at FAMU in Prague. In her works she focuses on personal topics through the means of animated documentary.