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Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A man stands inside a church door. He looks out to a foggy field in Vietnam
Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, dir. Thien An Pham, Vietnam / Singapore / France / Spain 2023, 178 min., Vietnamese with English subtitles

Thien, a lost soul who transforms his life following the sudden passing of his sister, decides to reconnect with his long-lost family. While ostensibly dealing with the impact of death and the afterlife, the superbly composed longshots and elegant camera movements of Pham’s film thoroughly honour life on Earth. Pham’s illuminating work, produced in collaboration with amateur actors, fundamentally challenges the way we categorise films as either fiction or documentary.

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