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NUOC 2030

NUOC 2030


A film by Nghiem-Minh Nguyen Vo

Opening film of the PANORAMA, Berlinale 2014

The director's previous film BUFFALO BOY was a significant international success (50 festivals, represented Vietnam at the Oscars in 2006)

Genre(s): Drama / Science-fiction

• Theme(s): Environmental / Mourning / Murder / Romance

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NUOC 2030

  • Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo


    Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo was born in 1956 in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in a small town in Vietnam during the war. To escape the atrocities all around, he escaped into the only one-room movie theater in town. He immigrated to France as a young man studying in Poitiers (B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Universite de Poitiers) and then continued in the US and became a physicist (Ph.D., UCLA). He was fascinated with the interaction between sound and light that became his main research subject for many years. His passion to follow his ideas from many different perspectives brought him back to cinema and UCLA where he completed the certificate program in screenwriting and directing in 1998. His directorial debut, Buffalo Boy, was Vietnam's entry to the 2006 Academy Awards and was an official selection in over 50 festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Locarno, Chicago, and Busan. It also screened at MoMA as part of their Global Lens series. It won 15 awards around the world including the New Directors Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Jury Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Youth Jury Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. He is currently based in Los Angeles.

    2004: BUFFALO BOY

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2014: Berlinale (Germany) | PANORAMA - Opening film
  • 2014: Durban International Film Festival (South Africa)
  • 2014: Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (France) | Competition
  • 2014: Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada) | Dragons & Tigers
  • 2014: Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain) | New Visions - Emergent
  • 2014: Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) | A Window on Asian Cinema
  • 2014: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • 2014: Trieste Science+Fiction (Italy) | NEON
  • 2014: Mill Valley IFF (USA)
  • 2014: Festival International du Film de Catalogne de Sitges (Spain)
  • 2014: Hawaii International Film Festival (USA)
  • 2014: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
  • 2014: 44th International Film Festival of India (Goa)
  • 2014: Casa Asian Film Week Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2014: Hanoï International Film Festival (Vietnam)
  • 2014: Festival CineMondo (Italy)
  • 2014: Chennai International Film Festival (India)
  • 2014: Tbilissi International Film Festival (Georgia)
  • 2015: 38th Portland International Film Festival (USA)
  • 2015: 4th Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival (Brazil)
  • 2015: Helsinki Cine Aasia (FInland)
  • 2015: Febio Fest (Czech Rep)
  • 2015: FICBAQ (Colombia)
  • 2015: Asia House Pan-Asian Film Festival in London (UK)
  • Cinematographer Bao Nguyen mixes nautical lyricism with the tactility of sheer saturation
    Screen International
  • A lushly lensed sci-fi thriller-romance set in a futuristic Vietnam.. with its intriguing camera angles and gorgeous panoramic shots
  • Feels like a kind of Beasts of the Southeast Asian Wild. Mostly set on floating rafts and boats, the mood is poetic and contemplative, the technical finish highly polished...
    Hollywood Reporter
  • And here there is also the cinematic brilliance of the work: this is neither a science fiction movie, another apocalypse movie, nor a thriller or a love story. Rather, it is all together, and even beyond that the word "hybrid", which one would try to use in such a case. Nuoc / 2030 is also not as avant-garde film, nor as genre cinema classify, rather it simply defies all conventions and is everything and nothing at the same time. The film rejects the usual patterns and expectations and thereby gains its own sovereign terrain - a country (or rather a sea) of new images, ideas and turns that you will absorb in a short time, as if they were the last leaf lettuce, the last flower, the last branch
  • Surprisingly realistic and surprisingly beautiful picture of survival after the coming eco-disaster hits
    Tony Rayns Read more
  • Autant politique que poétique
    Olivier Bachelard Read more


In a near future Vietnam where global warming and rising seawater levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect of her husband's murder.

Set in the vast and beautiful coastal regions of Southern Vietnam, NUOC (Water) is a mixed genre of mystery and romance set in the near future when water levels have risen due to global climate change.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 98'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 2,35:1 (Cinemascope)
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Country(ies) of production: Vietnam
  • Original Language(s): Vietnamese
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: Bluray / DVD

Artistic & Technical Crew

  • Cinematographer: BAO NGUYEN
  • Costume Design: SARAH NGUYEN
  • Editor: JULIE BÉZIAU
  • Executive Producer: NGUYEN THE THANH

Company Credits

  • Produced by: SAIGON MEDIA
  • With the support of: TRIBECA SLOAN FILMMAKER AWARD