video and moving image works
single-channel installation, sound, 28 minutes
“Eleven Men” is composed of scenes from a range of Vietnamese classic narrative films featuring the same central actress, Nhu Quynh. Spanning three decades of her legendary acting career, most of the appropriated movies — from 1966 to 2000 — were produced by the state-owned Vietnam Feature Film Studio.
The film’s text was adapted from “Eleven Sons”, a short story by Franz Kafka first published in 1919, which begins with a father’s declaration: “I have eleven sons”, then describes each one of them in acute and ironic detail. Transposing the father’s voice of Kafka’s story, the film begins with a woman stating: “I have eleven men”.
with text adapted from
Eleven Sons by Franz Kafka
(translated by Willa and Edwin Muir)
footage found from films:
“Đến hẹn lại lên” (1974, dir. Trần Vũ)
“Ngày lễ thánh” / The Holly Day (1976, dir. Bạch Diệp)
“Bài ca ra trận” / Song to the Front (1973, dir. Trần Đắc)
“Mối tình đầu” / First Love (1977, dir. Hải Ninh)
“Nổi gió” / The Wind Rises (1966, dir. Huy Thành)
“Hy vọng cuối cùng” / The last hope (1978, dir. Trần Phương)
“Mùa hè chiều thẳng đứng” / Vertical Rays of the Sun (2000, dir. Trần Anh Hùng)
“Xích lô” / Cyclo (1995, dir. Trần Anh Hùng)