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The Building
(Chung cu)

by VIET Linh

1975, the liberation of Saigon (South Vietnam). The Victory hotel, a handsome nine-storey building in the capital centre and a symbol of the splendour of the olden days, is claimed by the revolutionaries to accommodate the cadres of the resistance. Old Tham, whose fate is linked to the hotel’s, welcomes the newcomers with apprehension; yet he is appointed as official janitor of the building. Even better, old Tham, nicknamed “Grandpa” with affection, is treated as an equal by the heroes of the struggle. For more than twenty years, he will be a privileged witness of the inhabitants’ daily life and the keeper of their secrets and idiosyncrasies.

There is Tung, a joker who only goes about on his bicycle; Hon, the arrogant revolutionary; Bâ Tuan, Anh and their young boy, Tiên Công. And there is young Minh Ly, the former owner’s niece. People organise themselves. One resident grows courgettes on the terrace; another, a former underground revolutionary, discovers what a shower is…

  • Titre français
    L’Immeuble
  • Original title
    Chung cu
  • Titre international
    The Building
  • Scénario
    Viet Linh d'après la nouvelle «L'immeuble» de Nguyen Hô
  • Photo
    Hai Bao
  • Montage
    Thien Huong
  • Son
    Le Ngu Nghia
  • Musique
    Phu Quang
  • Interprétation
    Mai Thanh, Hong Anh, Don Duong, Minh Trang, Quyen Linh, Kim Xuan, Le Binh, Huu Tien, Chi Cuong, Hoang Anh, Cam Ha, Ngoc Diem, Dinh Tho, Nguyen Hau
  • Production
    Giai Phong Films Studios
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
    VOSTF

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