In an expropriation site, two migrant workers turn hellish situation into a sarcastic comedy despite their greedy boss and mafia.
A popular neighborhood of Hanoi is being entirely demolished to build a huge highway crossing the city from end to end. Huy and Quyen, two forty-year-old workers coming from rural provinces of North-Vietnam, are working night and day tearing down houses to extract iron from the reinforced-concrete of the building structures. Sleeping in the street, despised by the urban population, harassed by thieves, racketed by local gangsters... their living conditions are hellish. Despite the hardships, Huy and Quyen manage to enjoy some aspects of this life - freed from family and marital obligations. They never wallow in self-pity and rather turn their lives into an absurd, dark and bitter comedy. Humor and self-mockery seem to be the only act of resistance they are allowed. After six months of intense work, they will go back to their village to celebrate Têt (the Lunar New Year) with their families. To do so, they try everything to collect the wages due from their boss, a vain Hanoian businessman. If they cannot achieve this task, they will face the shame of returning to their village penniless.
TRAN Phuong Thao (b. 1977) moved to France in 2000 to complete her dream of being a documentary filmmaker. After graduated in Political Science in Paris, she studied documentary film technics and writing in Poitiers University. Back to Vietnam, she directed Workers Dream which attended many international festivals and was awarded at Cinéma du Réel 2007 (P. Perrault Award).Since 2011, she has directed several documentary projects in collaboration with Swann Dubus including With or without me - White Goose Award at DMZ Docs 2012, and Finding Phong - Grand Prix Nanouk -Jean Rouch at 34 International Festival Jean Rouch 2015.
After a Master of Literature, Swann DUBUS (b.1977) completed a PhD about intimacy in cinema at Paris III University in 2006. At the same time, he worked as a DoP and directed several documentary features both in Europe, Africa and Asia. He moved to Hanoi in 2007 and works alongside TRAN Phuong Thao since then. He has been participating in production of all VARAN VIETNAM's films.
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