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  • Dir. Phạm Thiên Ân
  • Vietnam
  • 2024
  • 178 min.
  • NR
  • 4K DCP

In Vietnamese with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Passports: An International Film Series

The sudden death of his sister-in-law brings unexpected responsibilities to Thien (Le Phong Vu), who is reluctantly tasked with bringing his five-year-old nephew Dao to their countryside hometown. On the road, Thien is drawn into a search for his long-missing older brother, haunted and spurred forward by a series of sublime dreams that reignite suppressed memories, forbidden desires, and specters of his own youth. What began as a journey home becomes a pilgrimage marked by visual splendor and mystical overtones, a quest for understanding and certainty in a Vietnam that seems unable to provide any clear answers. As Thien battles with the existential question of what is worth living for, INSIDE THE YELLOW COCOON SHELL interrogates the persistence and complexity of faith, not only in the spiritual but in the delicate beauty of earthly existence.

Winner of the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the prestigious André Bazin Prize from Cahiers du Cinéma, both celebrating outstanding feature debuts, this enthralling work from Vietnamese filmmaker Pham Thiên Ân is a reverie on faith, loss, and nature expressed with uncommon invention and depth.

“An uncommonly strong feature debut... The film evokes most strongly the work of the Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, though Pham’s voice is entirely his own.” —Alissa Wilkinson, NYT Critic’s Pick, New York Times

“A formally exquisite examination of loss, faith, family, and connection, it’s the year’s first masterpiece.” —Nick Schager, Daily Beast

“Transfixing… Makes you feel as if you've been quietly transported to another world.” —Justin Chan, NPR

“Astonishing...This is faith as cinematic form: in every shot, Pham compels us to dwell in the space just beyond what we see, or what we believe.” —Genevieve Yue, Film Comment

“A spellbinding tale of the soul’s unfathomable desire for the other-worldly. Pham has certainly found his own divine calling with filmmaking.” —Josh Slater-Williams, IndieWire

“Casts an unshakeable spell. Invites comparisons to such titans as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tsai Ming-liang and even Theo Angelopoulos, without feeling derivative of any.” —Guy Lodge, Variety

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