A press conference takes place on August 30 to announce the ASEAN Film Festival 2017 in Cambodia. Vietnam will bring to the festival the classic “Bao gio cho den thang Muoi”, one of CNN's 18 all-time best Asian films. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Cambodia will host the ASEAN Film Festival 2017 from September 8-17 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The event will be jointly held by the Ministry of Information of Cambodia and the embassies of the ten ASEAN nations.

Speaking at a press conference on August 30 to announce the event, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information Mao Ayuth said five decades since founded, ASEAN has become a bloc sharing the same destiny and an economic, political, social and cultural community that has been growing strongly.

Each nation has its own identity, traditional culture and arts and intra-bloc cultural exchanges will enrich the spiritual lives of member states and the entire ASEAN, he added.

Each embassy will select a film from its country to be screened on the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) and Royal Armed Forces Television Channel 5 (TV5), said Ambassador of the Philippines to Cambodia Christopher Montero.

Vietnam will bring to the festival a classic movie “Bao gio cho den thang Muoi” (When the Tenth Month Comes) by director Dang Nhat Minh. The film won a Special Jury Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival 1985 and a Golden Lotus at the Vietnam National Film Festival 1985. 

As a haunting portrait of one woman’s struggle with loss and personal sacrifice during the war, the film is considered by many local and international critics the greatest Vietnamese movie ever made.

It was selected by CNN as one of the 18 all-time best Asian films. -VNA