untitled #2

Phạm Nguyễn Anh Tú

Screening format


untitled #2 is an attempt to record moving images from the filmmaker’s dream and reality. Using film and the practice of making film to explore his identity, past experiences, thoughts, consciousness and unconsciousness.

Text from the selection committee

In Vietnam, queer and dreamlike settings, a body with an appearance that is both immediate and changing. A rich and plastic video work, made of signs sometimes tangible, sometimes more unconscious.

Translation made by the translator www.DeepL.com/Translator

– G.M.


What is the starting point for your film? What is your relationship to the dream ? Is this relationship what led you to make this film?

Pham Nguyên Anh Tu

I can’t remember exactly which was the first scene that I did as well as the starting point. Because each scene arised at different moments and had different intentions, my overall idea for the film also had changed and developed a lot along the way.


The dream I had was a reoccurring dream. I can’t tell if it happened many times, or if it was a dejà-vu inside of a dream that I thought had happened before. Nevertheless, I was curious and excited by the process of turning this dream to “reality”, and possibly explored what it meant to me. I have always been interested in dreams and the way dreams take elements from my past, my desires and my subconsciousness and oftentimes add a random and absurd quality to it.


I think what led me to make this film was that I am intrigued about exploring why I am who I am, how my past, places that I have been, people that I have met have had an impact on me. After I finished the film and watched it back, I could see that it is almost like an extension of myself and my thoughts of that period, kind of like a personal diary.


What technique or equipment did you use to create it?

Pham Nguyên Anh Tu

I worked a lot with greenscreen and I usually work alone. During the process, I tried not to pressure myself to commit with a theme or an end goal for the work. This way of working gives me a comfortable space and the freedom I needed to explore myself as well as my work.


How long did it take to make your film ?

Pham Nguyên Anh Tu

It took me around 6 months to make this film. And I was a resident at Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taiwan for a month. Their space was beautiful and the staff were very supportive. So half of the film was shot in Taiwan, and the other half was shot in Vietnam.