This weekend Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery will host a two-day film festival devoted to Vietnam. The festival entitled When The Love Doesn’t Come Back is programmed to coincide with the first UK screening of South China Sea Pishkun (2009), an animated film from Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. The film, which is the first animation by the artist, is inspired by the events of 30th April, 1975 at the end of America’s war in Vietnam.
The festival takes place over the 22nd & 23rd of January, 2011 with screenings at the Ikon and CBSO centre. The programme of films includes Hollywood depictions of the Vietnam War, such as, Francis Ford Coppola’s brutal masterpiece Apocalypse Now and Stanley Kubrick’s equally epic Full Metal Jacket. As well as, classics from Vietnamese cinema, including the Vietnam War melodrama When The Tenth Month Comes. This screening will be introduced by Dinh Q. Lê, who will discuss his work as a filmmaker and artist.
All events are free. There is no need to book – just turn up and watch!
For a full list of screenings visit the Ikon’s website http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk
Image: Dinh Q. Lê. South China Sea Pishkun (2009). Courtesy of the artist