Thursday, March 17, 2016

From VIETNAM a cli-fi movie titled ''2030''

Vietnam’s film industry is taking of now in the 21st century and it has started to get a foothold on the global stage. The first Vietnamese movie to depict a dystopic future was 2014’s 2030, which this blog blogged about in 2014 on our blog here, which takes place in a world where climate change has significantly raised the sea level.
For a lowland country like communist Vietnam, this is a tremendous disaster, and survivors live on houseboats and fish for sustenance. The film’s main character, Sáo, investigates the floating farm where her husband died and discovers a shocking secret. Some of the plot is a little corny, but the gorgeous cinematography elevates the material to something truly special.

A cli-fi movie from Vietnam in 2014 titled ''Water-2030''

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A still from ''Water-2030'', directed by Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh in Vietnam.

''Water-2030,'' directed by Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh, is a 98-minute film, which is a fusion of different genres (apocalyptic film, cli-fi, thriller and romance), and is set in the year 2030, when most of the cultivable land in southern Vietnam has been submerged by water due to extreme climatic changes.

It is a beautiful film that blends elements of romance, murder, mystery and tales of vengeance to dramatise the Mekong Delta's impending environmental nightmare.

In the near-future southern Viet Nam, where rising water levels have displaced 80 per cent of the people and vegetables are scarce, the human survivors live on houseboats and catch fish or whatever's left of them.

A corporation operates a floating farm nearby, using desalination methods, solar power and, it's rumoured, some methods of ominous significance. When her husband is found dead, young widow Sao gets a job at the farm so that she can find his killer.

"Though climatic changes have caused increasing concern worldwide, the issue has yet to get its due attention in several places, including Viet Nam. I hope my film would help raise an alarm among such communities," director Nguyen says.

Director Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1956. He studied in France, and then moved to the USA. He worked as a physicist before embarking on his filmmaking career.

His directorial debut ''Mua Len Trau'' (Buffalo Boy) was screened at festivals including Toronto, Locarno and Busan.


2030 (Vietnamese: Nước) is a 2014 Vietnamese cli-fi movie written and directed by Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo. The film was in selected as the opening night film in the Panorama section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014.[1][2] It was awarded the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Award from the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. [3]


In the year 2030, water levels have risen due to global climate change. South Vietnam is one of the regions worst affected by climate change, which causes as much as half the farmland to be swallowed by water. To subsist, people have to live on houseboats and rely solely on fishing with a depleting supply. Huge multinational conglomerates compete to build floating farms equipped with desalination and solar power plants floating along the coastline to produce the needed vegetables that have become highly priced commodities. A young woman is on a journey to find out the truth about the murder of her husband whom she suspects has been killed by the people of a floating farm. In the process, she discovers the secret of that floating farm; it employs genetic engineering technology to cultivate vegetables that can be grown using salt water thus can be produced much cheaper. This untested technology can have dangerous health consequences for the consumers that the farm wants to keep as a secret. It turns out that the chief scientist of the floating farm in question; the main suspect of her husband's death was her ex-lover. She ends up finding out different versions of the “truth” about her husband's death and has to make a dramatic decision without knowing the absolute truth..[4]


  • Quỳnh Hoa as Sáo
  • Quý Bình as Giang
  • Thạch Kim Long as Thi
  • Hoàng Trần Minh Đức as Thủy
  • Hoàng Phi as Thành


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