Jackfruit

For the 23-year-old Mít life between two worlds is nothing new. Like pushing a button they can change their identity. Changing into the traditional Vietnamese child or the self-determined, queer Berliner.
In typical Vietnamese fashion, Mít is confronted about their love life during grandmother Roan’s weekly dinner table. Their mother Mai, on the other hand, wants a degree than a decent husband for her child. Either way – Mít doesn’t have a degree nor interest in a husband. Instead, they are seeing Lara. As their affair becomes more serious, Mít feels the need to stop hiding. But before Mít finds the courage to move out of their mother’s nest, grandmother Roan is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Roan has to move out of her small apartment. The ancestral altar, which has been in her care for over twenty years, can no longer be with her. Only „male“ family members are in line for succession.
For Mít, a part of their familiar world threatens to collapse. When grandmother forgets, memories of the distant homeland Vietnam also fade. The altar is the final link to their ancestors and their Vietnamese roots. Mít takes on a journey to search for the connection between their two seemingly incompatible identities. Mít discovers that queerness will always be part of their history and within lies the strength to create their own future.

CAST

Mít Hồng Ngọc Lê

Roan Dần Boldt

Mai Mai Phương Kollath

Lara Shari Asha Crosson

Dieter Mehmet Yılmaz 

 

CREW

Directing | Screenplay Thùy Trang Nguyễn

Cinematography Katharina Hauke, Sarina Laudam

Editing and Sounddesign Ebru Sara Bilen

Music Composition Nguyễn + Transitory

Art Direction Mai Thu Bùi, Dominik Hao Nguyễn

Production Manager Mỹ Trang „Mitti“ Nghiêm, Maurice Egen

Production internationale filmschule köln

 

DETAILS

Format fiction 

Country Germany

Runtime 34 min

Language Vietnamese, German

Subtitles English, German, Vietnamese 

 

FESTIVALS


 
 
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2021 / Competition, GER 

 
 
 
Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021, US 

 
 
 
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2021, US

 
 
 
Sappho Film Festival 2021 / Honorable Mention, UK
 

 
 
Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2021, GR




fluctoplasma 2021, GER




„Dear White People…“ – Let’s Break The Silence! Festival 2021, GER




The Palace International Film Festival 2021, UK 



 
 
 
 
 

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