THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA
Trần Anh Hùng / Vietnam, France / Language: Vietnamese /
Subtitles / 104 minutes / 1993 / Colour
FESTIVALS AWARDS:Winner: Caméra d’Or, Cannes International Film Festival 1993
The East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) is delighted to be
partnering with Dublin Lunar New Year and Asia Market to present
The Scent of Green Papaya screening at the Irish Film Institute
The first part of his Vietnam Trilogy, The Scent of Green Papaya is
French-Vietnamese writer-director Trần Anh Hùng’s (The Taste of
Things, 2023) brilliant debut feature, set in 1950/60s Saigon.
In a subtle exploration of female characters, the story unfolds in
two parts beginning in 1951. In the interiors of a house and garden
with a papaya tree, domestic chores and the intimate life of a
wealthy but troubled family and their servants unfold. The slow
decline of a society, its family life, gender and class, mirrors the
coming-of-age and romantic blossoming of servant girl Mùi.
Sparse dialogue and elaborate compositions in a precise palette of
colours, textures and sounds (birds, insects, plants, food
preparation, clothes, interiors and piano), combine with fluid
tracking shots to create a languorous and sensual cinema full of
palpable sensations. A pioneer of lyrical and evocative films!
(Marie-Pierre Richard, programme curator & co-organiser of
EAFFI & EAFFI Discoveries)