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Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

Directed by Thien An Pham

Release: 2024
Runtime: 178
Country: Vietnam
Language: Vietnamese w/ English Subtitles
Director: Thien An Pham

Winner of the prestigious Camera d’Or for best first film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the enthralling Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell from Vietnamese filmmaker Thien An Pham is a reverie on faith, loss, and nature expressed with uncommon invention and depth. It’s a simple tale told with visual complexity: after a car accident claims the life of his sister-in-law and leaves his 5-year-old nephew an orphan, a thirtysomething man named Thien (Le Phong Vu) leaves Saigon for a trip back to his rural hometown. During his meditative, wandering visit, Thien wrestles with his own agnosticism in the face of others’ religious beliefs, summons memories of his long-disappeared brother, and reconnects with a former girlfriend who now lives as a nun at a Christian church and school. With its drifting camera, evocative use of natural light, and gratifying perambulatory nature, this is a film with the power to readjust one’s perceptions of the world around us.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1705640400January 19, 2024
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1707973200February 15, 2024
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1706245200January 26 - February 1, 2024
Film at Lincoln Center New York 1705640400January 19 - January 25, 2024
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1706245200January 26 - February 1, 2024
Metrograph New York 1706850000February 2, 2024
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1707368400February 8 - February 11, 2024
The Cinematheque Vancouver 1708232400February 18 - February 25, 2024