85 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2013
Directed byKhoa Lê
Produced byKarine Dubois (Picbois Productions)
Film subjects Asia , Family , Portraits
Regis du cinemas, general

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Press reviews

It is a voyage both physical and internal. The Gazette Lê demonstrates a strong talent, both as a storyteller
and an amazing visual artist on a journey that mixes
tradition with strong contemporary elements.
Point of View Magazine Un portrait délicat et fin. LA PRESSE

Film details


The filmmaker chronicles his trip to Vietnam, visiting his remote family for the end of the year festivities. Places and faces, both familiar and foreign, the said and the unsaid. Time has passed, miles too. With the colorful personality of the grandmother, portrait and self-portrait mingle with much humor and emotion. Little by little, the individual quest turns into a sensory experience through a dreamlike mosaic of kinship, memory and identity.


Script and Direction : Khoa Lê
Direction of Photography : Mathieu Laverdière
Sound : Maxime Dumesnil

Art Direction : Geneviève Lizotte

Editing : Isabelle Darveau

Sound Design : Simon Gervais
Music : Gabriel Dharmoo, Marie-Hélène L. Delorme (Foxtrott)

Production : Karine Dubois (Picbois Productions)


Financial partners


Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec


Post Moderne


Khoa Lê

Born in Vietnam, Khoa Lê lives and works in Montreal. A videographer, multidisciplinary artist and screenwriter, he has a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and specialized training in film production from the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS). He has several films to his credit, including Lan et Mai (2006), Souvenirs de Lien (2007), Lan et Léa (2008), Je m’appelle Denis Gagnon (2010), Anna (2010) and Nuits nouvelles (2011), and collaborates in performance projects. Lê explores the themes of identity, hybridization and memory through different cinematographic genres.



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BÀ NÔI (2013 / 85 min)

NUITS NOUVELLES (2011 / 11 min)

ANNA (2010 / 14min)

MY NAME IS DENIS GAGNON (2010 / 47 min)

LAN ET LÉA (2008 / 7 min 31)


LAN ET MAI (2006)


FIFF Namur
Official Selection Namur, Belgium
JUTRA 2015
Nomination, Best Documentary Toronto
RIDM 2013
Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada Montreal
hotDOCS 2013
Official Selection, Outspoken, Outstanding Toronto
Visions du réel 2013
Official Selection Nyon, Switzerland