Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Young and troubled Le Quoc Phong lives in a village in Vietnam with one single thought: travelling to Hanoi to have a sex-change operation. In an über-redundant selfie-mode, he proves his anguish by elaborating in tears –and yet also a curious dry crying– on the horrors he is facing. The recipient of this confession as well as the crying –which aims to liquefy moral implications within a conservative family– is his mother. It’s hard to see a more Oedipus-like drama than the one Phong is living. However, since the true willing are those who flee from their mothers, Phong bravely goes through the cruel sex-change procedure in a Hanoi clinic, accompanied from a prudent distance by his brother, the softer representative of his family, which hardens in reticence. Finding Phong is no more and no less than a clinical experience with a sentimental background, in which the element that is missing becomes very present: that inner (female) nature that drags Phong up to the OR. His brother gets him better than anyone when he renounces understanding and delivers himself to “full tolerance.” JJB

Título original: Tim Phong
Spanish title: Buscando a Phong
Year: 2015
Format: DM
Color: Color
Minutes: 92
Seconds: 0

D: Tran Phuong Thao, Swann Dubus

F: Le Quoc Phong, Tran Phuong Thao, Swann Dubus

E: Aurelie Ricard

S: Hoang Thu Thuy

M: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovski

P: Nicole Pham

PE: Gerald Herman

CP: Discovery Communications, Varan Vietnam


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Swann Dubus Francia

Born in France in 1977, he studied film at New Sorbonne University Paris 3. His documentaries include L Ville (2007) and With or Without Me (2011; with Tran Phuong Thao).

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