Do Thi Hai Yen
Hai Yen was born on Oct 1st, 1982 in Bac Ninh (Vietnam). She grew up in Hanoi and graduated from the Vietnamese Ballet School after seven years of study.
In 1999, director Tran Anh Hung invited Hai Yen, only 17 at that time, to play a role in the movie “The Vertical Ray of the Sun” (France). The film was nominated at the Chlotrudis Awards in 2002.
In 2000, Hai Yen appeared again in the movie “Song of the Stork” (Singapore), by Jonathan Foo (Singapore) and Quang Binh (Vietnam). The film received the "Best Feature Film" award at the Milano Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for Grand Prix award at the Paris Film Festival in 2003.
In 2001, Hai Yen became a leading actress in Vietnam when she was selected in a competition attended by more than 2,000 candidates in Vietnam and overseas to play the main female character next to two world famous actors, Sir Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, Miss Congeniality, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Dark Knight) and Brendan Fraser (Gods and Monsters, The Mummy, Bedazzled, Monkeybone, Crash), in “The Quiet American” directed by Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Sliver, Dead Calm). It was the first time in Vietnam’s history that a Vietnamese actress was selected as the main English speaking character in a Hollywood movie.
As “The Quiet American” was screened in different countries around the world, Hai Yen was invited to attend many premier screenings and film festivals, in Australia, England, the US, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Yugoslavia, Japan, etc. Her name made the headlines of many popular broadcasters and newspapers such as CNN, Reuters, BBC, AP, ABC, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, New York Post, Variety or American Cinematographer. This exposure captured a lot of attention from the professional movie world.
“The Quiet American” received the Academy Award Nomination, another ten wins and seven nominations at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes - USA, London Critics Circle Film Awards, National Board of Review - USA, Political Film Society - USA, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Satellite Awards, Bangkok International Film Festival, Australian Screen Sound Guild, World Soundtrack Awards.in 2003. It was also elected as “One of the Year’s 10 Best!” films in 2003.
In 2005, Hai Yen was the leading actress in “Story of Pao” by Ngo Quang Hai (Vietnam). “Story of Pao”, Hai Yen’s first Vietnamese movie, received the Viet Nam Cinematography Association’s Golden Kite Awards for “Best Feature Film”, “Best Actress”, “Best Supporting Actress”, “Best Director of Photography”. “Special Jury Award” at the 51st Asian Pacific Film Festival. Official Selection - First Film World Competition at the 30th Montreal World Film Festival. Official Selection - A Window on Asian Cinema & Curtain Call Stars (Actress Do Thi Hai Yen as Pao) at Pusan International Film Festival in 2006. Official Selection - Maverick Narrative Competition at the 17th Cinequest Film Festival (U.S). Official Selection - ASEAN Film Competition at Bangkok International Film Festival, in 2007. “Story of Pao” was presented at many other film festivals around the world and the film was also screened at Columbia University, Cornell University, Yale University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of California - Berkeley, USC University, UCAL University and other colleges in the U.S. Viet Nam Official Submission to the Academy for Best Foreign Language Film (Oscar 2007). “Story of Pao” was also Hai Yen’s first movie as producer, taking care of the film’s marketing and overseas distribution.
“Choi Voi” (Mute Affairs), (a co-production between Vietnam and France), Hai Yen’s new movie,. will be released at the beginning of 2009. It is directed by Bui Thac Chuyen (“Course de Nuit”, “Living in Fear”), one of the most famous film directors in Vietnam and also the first Vietnamese to have won a prize at the Cannes Festival, in 2000 (“Cinefondation”). The story is about the close relationship between two young women, Duyen (Do Thi Hai Yen) and Cam (Pham Linh Dan –Indochine, De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté, Pars vite et reviens tard). Their relationship is becoming complicated when Duyen gets married. Cam becomes jealous and decides to push her friend into the arms of a crude and sex-addicted man (Johnny Nguyen - Tom yum goong, The Rebel). Duyen cannot resist his seduction and is torn between her woman’s desires and traditional morality…
The film provides a profound look into the loneliness of human beings and wishes and desires never to be satisfied…
Official Selection - Ozzizonti Competition and wins The International Critics Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival 2009. Official Selection – Contemporary World Cinema at Toronto Film Festival, 2009. Official Selection – Main Competition at Bangkok Film Festival, 2009. Official Selection – Dragons and Tigers award at Vancouver Film Festival, 2009. Official Selection – A Window on Asian Cinema at Pusan Film Festival, 2009.
Nominated “Best Actress In A Supporting Role – Drama” at Golden Satellite Award in 2002 for her role in “The Quiet American”. Viet Nam Cinematography Association’s Golden Kite for Best Actress in 2006 for her role in “Story of Pao”. Viet Nam Film Festival - Golden Lotus for Best Actress in 2007 for her role in “Story of Pao”. Curtain Call – the summit of emerging Asian stars at Pusan International Film Festival 2006. Member of the International Jury for the Featured film Competition "EurAsia" in 10th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2006. Member of the International Jury for the Featured film Competition at Meridian Film Festival, 2007. Member of the International Jury for the Featured film Competition at Vietnam Cinematography Assciation's Golden Kite, 2008.
Hai Yen is also a Vietnamese ambassador and honour guest for several luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Motorola V8Luxury, D&G – Dolce & Gabbana, Just Cavalli, Escada, Segafredo.
Viet Nam Cinematography Association’s Golden Kite for Best Actress in 2006 for her role in “Story of Pao”.
Viet Nam Film Festival - Golden Lotus for Best Actress in 2007 for her role in “Story of Pao”.
Curtain Call – the summit of emerging Asian stars at Pusan International Film Festival 2006.