The films, directed by amateur filmmakers from eight countries including Cuba, Japan, and the Netherlands, were previously showcased at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival which took place in Germany from February 6 to 16.

The ten films will be screened in the capital city of Hanoi on August 8 and 9 at the Goethe Institute at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street and in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15 and 16 at Salon Culture Café at 19B Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 3.

“Marc Jacobs,” a 17-minute film, directed by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong, tells the story of nine-year-old Soufyane, son of a Moroccan father and Dutch mother who lives in an apartment with his mother and sister in a typical big city high-rise estate.

Soufyane’s father, whom he has never seen, invites him on a journey to Morocco. The boy is thrilled and prepares for the trip fastidiously, as it is also a kind of initiation. His friends insist that he should get a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, but Soufyane would rather wear Marc Jacobs.

Another short film, “Birds,” made by German director Ulu Braun, looks at the life of birds in urban habitats and offers a deep visual discovery of birds as creatures which have to apply their instinctive behavior to the developed environment.

“La Casona,” also known as “The Big House,” a 25-minute film of Juliette Touin is a story about the relationship between the pregnant women who live in an old mansion in Cuba waiting for the day of the birth. Many of them are on their own and very young, including the main character, 15-year-old Yudi.

“As Rosas Brancas,” a film directed by Diogo Costa Amarante in 2013, is an emotional tale about a man and his three children’s memories, mourning, faith, loss, and the shifting of family roles after the death of the mother.

“Wonder,” an eight-minute cartoon by Mirai Mizue, a representative figure of the new generation of abstract animation in Japan, is a journey to the world of cells and structures. The director spent one year making the film, which received positive feedback at the Berlinale film festival.

The fest’s highlight, seven-minute film “Three stones for Jean Genet” of German director Frieder Schlaich, tells the story of American singer Patti Smith who travels to the grave of French writer Jean Genet in Larache, Morocco in 2013 just to bring him three stones, which she collected for him over 30 years ago.

The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events held in Berlin, Germany. The festival was founded in 1951 and has been celebrated annually in February since 1978.

Tuoi Tre News - August 6, 2014