HCM CITY — A feature film on the life of President Ho Chi Minh is set for release on November 10 to coincide with the leader’s birthday.
The 120-minute biopic, titled Nha Tien Tri (The Prophet), is being made by Viet Nam Feature Film Studio, the leading State-owned production house belonging to Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Based on a screenplay by veteran author Hoang Nhuan Cam, it tells about the life of President Ho Chi Minh from 1947 to 1954 during the war against the French.
It recounts his time in the Viet Bac Military Base as the country’s first president who led the Vietnamese people in their struggle and fight against French colonialism.
Cam’s work is based on short stories and poems written by the former President, including Viet Bac Anh Dung (Brave Viet Bac), Giac Ngu 10 Nam (Ten Year Sleep) and Vua Di Duong Vua Ke Chuyen (Talking on the Walk).
Vuong Duc, the film’s director, said the crew began filming in Ha Noi early last month and then in the northern provinces of Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang, Thai Nguyen and Ha Giang.
Ha Noi-based actor Bui Bai Binh was chosen from among hundreds of professional and amateur candidates to play the role of President Ho Chi Minh.
“I decided to give the biggest challenge to Binh, who is famous not only for his acting but also passion and enthusiasm,” said Duc.
“Through our film, we wanted to spotlight our leader’s remarkable ideas for achieving his country’s freedom,” said Cam, who spent six years to complete his screenplay.
“Facing hard challenges, our Uncle Ho always believed in the country’s future victory. We named our film Nha Tien Tri, The Prophet, for that reason,” he said.
The film’s post-production work will be completed next month.