The Vietnamese film “Quyen”, also known as “Farewell to the Berlin Wall”, was well received by German audiences after its debut at the Kino International cinema in Berlin on June 16.

Nearly 600 guests, mainly the Vietnamese community living in Germany, attended the film premiere.

Adapted from the novel "Quyen" by Nguyen Van Tho and directed by Nguyen Phan Quang Binh, the film tells the story of Quyen, a woman from Hanoi, and her husband, who fled from Russia to Germany in search of the promised lands.

During their decade-long adventure, the couple experience a series of disappointments and separations, yet demonstrate their burning desire and iron will to survive in a foreign country.

The film also reflects the harsh living conditions for Vietnamese expatriates in the 1990s.

Director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh told reporters from the Vietnam News Agency that he was determined to produce a film version after reading the novel and hearing stories about life for the Vietnamese at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The topic is very rich and has ample opportunities for other directors to explore, he said.

The 22 billion VND (1.02 million USD) film will make its debut in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City , and hits cinemas across Vietnam on June 19.

Also on June 19, the Vietnamese Consulate General in Germany’s financial centre Frankfurt is screening the film as part of a series of activities that mark the 40th anniversary of Germany-Vietnam diplomatic ties.-VNA