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Flapping in the Middle Of Nowhere

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A film by Nguyen Hoang Diep

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Flapping in the Middle Of Nowhere

  • Nguyen Hoang Diep


    "At some point, in a quick moment in my life, I find myself observing the innocent face, and the bodies of adolescent people. And in such flashes, I also imagine them growing up, falling in love, maturingHuyen is living a normal life in rhythm with her times. Huyen is in love with Tung, a never-do-well boy with a spitting skill. She hasn't determined to stay with the relationship for a long term. Huyen gets pregnant, and both she and Tung want an abortion, rather casually and calmly. Huyen finds way to make money to pay for the abortion and the money comes from a man who actually likes her swelling stomach. Huyen hesitates, and the film rests on the hesitancy of a young and lonely pregnant woman.This idea came to me naturally, as I have read about and observed too many young pregnant women, and about the solutions they choose. For themselves, for the fetuses, and for their future.The sexual obsession and the bodily desires from the purest moments of love, moments of the most innocent emotions, stay with us for the longest. Sometimes we don't even recognize them until we meet a total stranger, and realize it's the stranger who holds the key to the desires we keep hidden for many years. Only when that key is pushed deep into our emotional lock can we understand how much we crave that liberation. But instead of happiness, we feel doubts. We are anxious in our fears."  


Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2014: Venice - Critics Week
  • 2014: TIFF - Discovery (Canada)
  • 2014: Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium)
  • 2014: Busan International Film Festival (South Korea)
  • 2014: Oslo Films from the South (Norway)
  • 2014: Sao Paulo IFF (Brazil)
  • 2014: International Film Festival Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • 2014: 44th International Film Festival of India (Goa)
  • 2014: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan)
  • 2014: American Film Institute Festival (AFI FEST)
  • 2014: Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia)
  • 2014: Chennai International Film Festival (India)
  • 2015: 38th Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden)
  • 2015: DiverCiné and Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (Canada)
  • 2015: Helsinki Cine Aasia (FInland)
  • 2015: Festival International du Film de Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • This is the shock film of our selection, but it is also the certain revelation of a directing talent that for this project already received prices and funds of various international institutions.
    Francesco Di Pace - VIFF
  • From the very first shot, Nguyen establishes herself as a filmmaker with an elegant and unusual vision, filling her film with eye-catching images that function simultaneously as metaphors and as crafty storytelling devices. A bold story of dizzying romantic negotiations and hard-won self-realization, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is a distinct addition to the canon of contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, one that takes an unabashedly female perspective and isn't afraid to linger in life's more difficult moments.
    Giovanna FULVI - TIFF
  • Vietnam has what Pace called the section’s “shocker,” a Hanoi-set drama about sexual obsession, comprising a transgender character, helmed by the young emerging Nguyen Hoang Diep.
    Nick Vivarelli - Variety


A teenage girl gets knocked-up, she has to work as a prostitute to have money for the abortion since the young father of the baby is useless. Ironically, the only man willing to give her money is crazy about her pregnant belly. It gets more complicated when he makes her so happy that sometimes she forgets that the baby is growing bigger inside her.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 98'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Country(ies) of production: Vietnam / France / Germany / Norway
  • Original Language(s): Vietnamese
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Format(s) available: Bluray / DCP / ProRes HD