The separation between past and present, in this fiction film by Vietnamese filmmaker Phạm Ngọc Lân, does not invoke a rupture, but a movement towards continuity in space, a coexistence within the image. Much like a dream, what used to be a cemetery becomes a golf course. There is, in 'Blessed Land', a rezoning of urban space, which is, above all, a rezoning of memory itself, a territory inhabited simultaneously by the living and the dead.
Phạm Ngọc Lân Phạm Ngọc Lân is a Vietnamese film director with a background in urban planning and architecture. Since 2011, Lan’s debut short film ‘The Story of Ones’ (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums. In 2015, Lan’s first short fiction project ‘Another City’ participated in the Short Film Station in Berlinale Talents. One year later, it premiered at the Berlinale Shorts Competition.