Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

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64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

The film that garnered the prestigious Golden Camera award (for best first-time director) at the recent Cannes Film Festival is a captivating, dreamlike journey through the uncharted paths of nature, faith, and loss – a story that unfolds with rare inventiveness and unexpected universal resonances, while starting from a rudimentary backbone: After a car accident that leads his sister-in-law to her death and leaves his five-year-old nephew orphaned, a thirty-year-old man leaves Saigon and returns to his rural hometown. During a journey that resembles meditation, the traveler grapples with his own ghosts; his agnosticism, skepticism towards religious faith, the memory of his long-lost brother, and the reconnection with a past love who chose to become a nun. With its drifting camerawork, evocative use of natural light and the enjoyable wanderlust in nature, this is a film that restores our faith in many different registers.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Phạm Thiên Ân
Script: Phạm Thiên Ân
Cinematography: Dinh Duy Hung
Editing: Phạm Thiên Ân
Sound: Vuong Gia Bao, Xander Toh
Actors: Le Phong Vu, Nguyen Thi Truc Quynh, Nguyen Thinh, Vu Ngoc Manh
Production: JK Film, Potocol
Producers: Van Thi Tran, Jeremy Chua
Co-production: Deuxième Ligne Films, Zorba Production, Fasten Films
Co-producers: Marie Dubas, Ka Nguyen, Adrià Monés Murlans
Production Design: Huynh Phuong Hien
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Vietnam, Singapore, France, Spain
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 179'
Distribution in Greece: Ama Films
Contact: Cercamon
Awards/Distinctions: Golden Camera – Cannes Film Festival 2023

Phạm Thiên Ân

Phạm Thiên Ân is a film director and writer from Vietnam. After graduating in Information Technology, he realized his interest in cinematography and filmmaking by teaching himself how to shoot and edit films. His short film The Mute has traveled to Palm Springs, Tampere, and Uppsala film festivals. His latest short Stay Awake, Be Ready, won the Illy Prize at Directors’ Fortnight 2019 and was screened at numerous festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Locarno Open Doors, and Busan, and has won other awards.


2018 The Mute (short)
2019 Stay Awake, Be Ready (short)
2023 Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell