No Crying at the Dinner Table

No Crying at the Dinner Table

Directed by Carol Nguyen

Genre Documentary
Country Canada
Year 2019
Length 15 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version English subtitles, French subtitles, English, Vietnamese

Synopsis

Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid.

75+ festivals, 15+ awards. 

Themes

family relationships, taboos, immigration

Biography

Carol Nguyen is a 22-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal. Her most recent film No Crying at the Dinner Table premiered at the TIFF in 2019 and had its international premiere at IDFA 2019, where she was also invited as the Opening Night speaker. It also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW 2020. Carol is a 2018 Sundance Ignite fellow, Adobe Creativity Scholar and a TIFF Share Her Journey ambassador, where she strives to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry. Today, Carol is working towards developing her first documentary feature as well as an animated short.

No Crying at the Dinner Table is a student film which Carol Nguyen directed at the age of 21.



Cast

Thao Nguyen-Duong
Ngoc Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen
Carol Nguyen

Team

Production

Carol Nguyen & Aziz Zoromba (Concordia - Mel Hoppenheim School Of Cinema)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Walid Jabri

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Carol Nguyen

EDITING Carol Nguyen, Andres Solis
Sound Giulio Trejo-Martinez
Music Arie Van de Ven

Awards

75+ festivals, 15+ awards. 


15+ awards and nominations including : 

SXSW, USA |2020| Official Competition *SXSW 2020 DOCUMENTARY SHORT JURY AWARD*
Canadian Screen Awards |2020| *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINATION
DOC NYC, USA |2020| *SHORTLIST

Aspen Shortfest, USA |2020| Official Competition *STUDENT JURY’S MENTION
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland |2020| *BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Real Asian Film Festival, Toronto |2019| Official Competition *CHANGE CONNECT AWARD
Filministes, Montréal |2020| Official Screening *MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DOCUMENTAIRE
Gala Prends Ça Court!, Canada |2020| Official Competition *PRIX COUP DE CŒUR COOP VIDÉO
Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois, Canada | 2020 | Official Screening *PRIX DU MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE ÉTUDIANT
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition *SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR WRITING
NFFTY Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition *BEST SHORT STUDENT DOCUMENTARY + PRIZE FOR BEST EDITING
Indy Shorts Heartland Film Festival, USA|2020| BEST DOCUMENTARY STUDENT FILM
Future of Film, Canada |2020| Official Competition *BEST FILM AWARD
Les Percéides, Québec |2020| Official Competition *JURY MENTION
Galichnik Film Festival, Macédoine|2020| Official Competition *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Indie Street Film Festival, MUSA|2020| Official Competition *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT JURY PRIZE
Salute Your Shorts, USA |2020| Official Competition *BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Loudoun Arts Film Festival,USA |2020| *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT


Festivals

75+ festival selections including : 

Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
IDFA, The Netherlands |2019| Official Competition
SXSW, USA |2020| Official Competition
Palm Spring Shortfest and Market, USA |2020| Official Competition
Aspen Shortfest, USA |2020| Official Competition

TIFF Canada’s Top Ten |2020|Official Screening
TIFF Short Waves – Young Creator Showcase |2020| Official Screening
Vancouver Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal |2019| Official Competition
RIDM, Montréal |2019| Official Competition
South Western Int. Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Competition
TIFF Shortcut Series: Portraits, Canada |2019| Official Screening
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Canada |2019| Official Screening
Cucalorus Film Festival, USA |2019| Official Competition
All Animals Are Equal, Vietnam |2019| Official Competition
It’s All True Documentary Film Festival, Brazil |2020| Official Competition
Atlanta Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Rooftop Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
FDBA, Argentine |2020| Official Competition
Busan Int. Short Film Festival, South Korea |2020|Official Competition
Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
CineYouth Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
BlueCat Short Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
The Asian American Showcase, USA |2020| Official Competition (Canceled)
Video Consortium, USA |2020| Online Screening
Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA |2020| Online Screening
Tacoma Film Festival, USA |2020| Online Screening
Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Canada |2020| Official Competition
Int. Film Festival of Ottawa, Canada |2020| Official Competition (Canceled)
Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Canada |2020| Official Competition
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival, Ukraine |2020| Official Competition
Altan Khalis Int. Film Festival, Mongolia |2020| Official Competition
Desertscape Int. Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Bolton Int. Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Shangai Int. Film Festival, China |2020| Official Competition
El Paso Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Nantucket Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
DMZ Doc Film Festival, Japan |2020| Official Competition
Gimli Film Festival, Canada |2020| Official Competition
St. Louis Int. Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Kaohsiung Int. Short Film Festival, Taiwan |2020| Official Competition
San Diego Asian Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
FLY! Festival, UK |2020| Official Competition
Seoul International Senior Film Festival
Silicon Valley Asian Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Kerry Film Festival, Ireland |2020| Official Competition
Festival du film de Knowlton, Canada |2020| Official Competition
Prends Ça Court - Dans ta face, Canada (online) |2020
Philadelphia Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Tacoma Film Festival, USA |2020| Official Competition
Halifax International Film Festival, Canada |2020| Official Competition