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A Trip To Heaven

Directed by Linh Duong
Narrative Short
Vietnam | 15 min | 2020

During a peculiar tour bus to Mekong Delta, 50-year-old Mdm.Tam bumps into her high school sweetheart. She’s hopeful for a chance of reconciliation, but maybe he’s not.

My obsession with death and the afterlife journey started when I realized how my mother had become so old and fragile. After hearing her regrets, sufferings and unfulfilled wishes in life, I developed this crazy wish where she can get all the happiness she wanted in life whilst her soul is on its journey to heaven.
As I was researching for this film, Mekong River became an important element in this story. Most known as a popular touristic destination in Vietnam, the documentation of the river is my way or memorizing Vietnam and its peculiar mass tourism. I have been to the river at least 4-5 times over the past 10 years, and the tour itself – as we saw in the film – has not changed at all. There was such uncanny resemblances between the tour’s destinations to Vietnamese beliefs of a soul’s journey after death that intertwined together.
Along a muddy river where the souls sail through, around a temple fire where souls are cleansed of their life’s memories, ending it all with a stairway guiding souls towards, perhaps, eternity.

A Trip to Heaven - poster

A Trip to Heaven - Linh DuongLinh Duong

Linh Duong is a Vietnamese filmmaker who is extremely fascinated with sad, angsty and naggy women. She has just completed a series of shorts that tackle this topic with a rather quirky sense of humor.
Her films have been competing and winning award at various festivals.around the world.
Linh previously attended Berlinale Talents in 2020, Asian Film Academy in 2016, Locarno Summer Academy and Bucheon Fantastic Film School in 2015. She is developing her first feature, Don’t Cry, Butterflies, which recently won the Moulin d’Andé-CECI Award at Locarno Open Doors 2019.
A Trip to Heaven (World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2020) is her latest short.

Film Information

Director: Linh Duong
Country: Vietnam
Year: 2020
Language: Vietnamese
Runtime: 15 min.
Rated: G


Writer: Linh Duong
Producer:Nguyễn Mai Ka 
Ngô Minh Nghĩa
Editor: Diệu Linh
Key Cast:
Vũ Thị Chung, Phạm Thị Oanh, Lê Mạnh Bảo

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