Goodbye Mother | Dir: Trinh Dinh Le Minh | 2019 | Vietnam | 106’ | Comedy | VOSE | Spanish premiere
Van, heir to a Vietnamese clan, returns home from the United States for the first time in 9 years to help relocate his father’s grave. He surprises the whole family by arriving with Ian, a young Vietnamese American. Nobody knows that Ian is Van’s boyfriend and the two of them plan to tell Van’s mother, Mrs. Hanh, who expects her son to marry and become a father in order to fulfil his duty as heir. On top of that, his grandmother, who has senile dementia, confuses Ian with her grandson. While desperately looking for the perfect opportunity to come out to her, Van discovers that his mother is seriously ill.
Trinh Dinh Le Minh is an emerging filmmaker from Vietnam. His short narrative film The Scent of Fish Sauce (2014) has toured prestigious film festivals such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. His first feature film, Goodbye Mother (2019), has been screened at the Busan International Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival.