Eleven Men is composed of scenes from a range of Vietnamese classic narrative films featuring the same central actress, Nhu Quynh. Spanning three decades of her legendary acting career, most of the appropriated movies — from 1966 to 2000 — were produced by the state-owned Vietnam Feature Film Studio.
The film's text was adapted from Eleven Sons, a short story by Franz Kafka first published in 1919, which begins with a father’s declaration: ‘I have eleven sons’, then describes each one of them in acute and ironic detail. Transposing the father’s voice of Kafka’s story, the film begins with a woman stating: ‘I have eleven men’.
Screens in the programme Berwick New Cinema Competition: Red.
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