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Into The Violet Belly

Canadian Premiere

Into The Violet Belly

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi

Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Malta | 2022 | 19 min
English, Vietnamese |
Subtitles: English
Jouer Trailer
This film is part of the FIFA Experimental section program MIGRATIONS.
Presented only in theatres

Into The Violet Belly is a striking work blending family lore, mythology, science fiction, and digital abstraction. The film captures the experimental collaboration between the artist and her mother, Thuyen Hoa, who survived a perilous sea journey while fleeing Vietnam after the end of the American-led war. The film oscillates seamlessly between multiple voices, visual registers, and time scales — was it seven months or seven thousand years? — creating an image of multitudes: migrating bodies swimming in an infinite blue, depicted as both a massive digital swarm and tiny avatars.
Overview of some festivals:
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (2023)
BlackStar Film Festival, United States (2023)
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Denmark (2023)
25FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Croatia (2023)
Berlin Biennale, Germany (2022)
Director Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Assistant director Johannes Lehnen
Director of Photography Hoang-Son Doan
Editing Liyo Gong
Colorization Loup Brenta
Sound Vincent Yuen Ruiz
Sound mixing Titus Maderlechner
Music Franziska Aigner
Animation Dalena Tran

In Partnership with

Concordia University /  Faculty of Fine Arts
Sous la fibre


• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Friday, march 15, 2024, 05:30 p.m. — 07:30 p.m.


Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi is a Milky Way-based artist whose practice mutates in and out of film, sculpture, installation, performance, and interdisciplinary research. Her recent body of work explores the epistemological, aesthetic, and political possibilities of the moving image at the intersections of art and science, documentary and fiction, personal/​prosthetic memory and individual/​collective histories. Having studied Fine Arts at the Sta?delschule and Film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is currently pursuing PhD research in Film at the University of Westminster. Thuy-Han’s work has been presented in both the art and cinema context, including Art Collider Lab, Seoul; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Atletika, Vilnius; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Centro di Musica Contemporanea di Milano, Milan; De Appel, Amsterdam; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Kunsthall Trondheim, Trondheim; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, Los Angeles; Sa?n Art, Saigon; Villa Medici, Rome; Whitechapel Gallery, London; 12th Berlin Biennale; 20th Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival; 60th New York Film Festival; Rencontres Internationales Paris/​Berlin 2023; 20th Reykjavík International Film Festival; 33rd Singapore International Film Festival; 42nd Uppsala Short Film Festival; among other spaces. In 2023, she was awarded the Golden Lola for Into The Violet Belly.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
The In/​Extinguishable Fire (2019)
Syncrisis (2018)
Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes (2016)

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