Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell
Directed by 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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“Exquisite… casts an unshakeable spell. Invites comparisons to such titans as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tsai Ming-liang and even Theo Angelopoulos, without feeling derivative of any.”
“Provocative, absorbing and mysterious. Defined by visual splendor and a complex questioning of faith.”
“Critic’s Pick! A spellbinding tale of the soul’s unfathomable desire for the other-worldly. Pham has certainly found his own divine calling with filmmaking.”
“Offers transcendental expression… [with] a magnetic power.”
“Extraordinary… stunning. A film so accomplished that it beggars belief this is a debut feature. Heralds a bold, accomplished new voice in Asian cinema, someone we are sure to encounter again on the biggest stages of the world.”
“Mesmerizing… an instant masterpiece. There’s a healthy dose of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a spoonful of Bi Gan, and even a few drops of Tsai Ming-liang.”
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Color: Color
|American Cinematheque||Los Angeles||CA||1705640400January 19, 2024|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1707973200February 15, 2024|
|Digital Gym Cinema||San Diego||CA||1706245200January 26 - February 1, 2024|
|Film at Lincoln Center||New York||NY||1705640400January 19 - January 25, 2024|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1706245200January 26 - February 1, 2024|
|Metrograph||New York||NY||1706850000February 2, 2024|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1707368400February 8 - February 11, 2024|
|The Cinematheque||Vancouver||BC||1708232400February 18 - February 25, 2024|