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Two sisters grow up in Vietnam and are separated by the war between North and South. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Thao, in her teens, must leave the country with her uncle. Her sister Saoi Maï, only a little older, remains with their parents, hoping they will soon be reunited. But their separation will last nearly 20 years, and the letters they exchange are their only way to connect and relieve their loneliness. Thao and Sao Maï write about their everyday lives, their memories, the war, and its ghosts.

About the director

Born in 1978, Sandra Desmazières studied at the Duperré School of Applied Arts in Paris. She then entered the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris, where she discovered animation. Her final-year film, SANS QUEUE NI TÊTE, won the 2003 Cartoon d’or. She went on to make two short films produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin, LE THÉ DE L’OUBLI (2008) and BAO (2011). In addition to being a filmmaker, Sandra is an illustrator of children’s books. Her most recent projects were MÉANDRE, written by Muriel Bloch (2019, Éditions Le Robert), and MAI ANH, written by Didier Dufresne (2020, Éditions Mango). She also works as a comic book colourist for projects such as À MAINS NUES, by Leïla Slimani and Clément Oubrerie (2020, Éditions Les Arènes). Sandra just finished shooting her most recent short film, NHU MÔT DÒNG SÔNG (Flowing Home).


Sandra Desmazières


France, Canada


Guerric Catala


Manuel Merlot