Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Scent of Green Papaya

An absolutely wonderful movie, I guess, considering the number of times I have viewed it.:)

Is a 1993 Vietnamese-language film produced in France by Lazennec Production, directed by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, and starring Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, and Thi Loc Truong.

The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Scent of Green Papaya is Tran Anh Hung's first feature film and stars his wife, Tran Nu Yên-Khê. The film is also the director's first collaboration with Vietnamese composer Tôn-Thât Tiêt who would subsequently write the music for two more films: Cyclo and Vertical Ray of the Sun.
Although set in Vietnam, the film was shot entirely on a soundstage in Boulogne, France.

Awards and nominations

1993 Cannes Film Festival Award of the Youth French Film (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1993 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera Award (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1993 Camerimage Golden Frog Award Nomination (Benoît Delhomme)
1994 Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
1994 British Film Institute Award Sutherland Trophy (Anh Hung Tran) Won
1994 César Award for Best First Work (Anh Hung Tran) Won


  1. It is nice that good work is coming out of Vietnam

    1. All the people mentioned above live in France now. Only one came before the Fall of Saigon. They did a marvelous job of creating 'Saigon' on the French sound-stage.