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Action + Adventure
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Science Fiction

Maika (2022)

Section: International Competition of Feature Films in the Children’s Category

Director: Ham Tran, Vietnam, 2022, 105 min.



Thu | 26.05 | 10:45 | Golden Apple Cinema 2

Sat | 28.05 | 09:00 | Golden Apple Cinema 4

Mon | 30.05 | 10:30 | Golden Apple Cinema 1

Tue | 31.05 | 16:30 | Golden Apple Cinema 4

Things could be better for 8-year-old Hung, who is grieving the loss of his mother, who died a year ago. His relationship with his father is strained, his best friend is moving away, and to top it all off, a greedy landlord is bullying his father to force them out of their apartment. He finds solace by watching the night sky from the roof of his apartment building. One night, he witnesses a meteor shower and an errant falling star that lands in the nearby countryside. He investigates, but instead of finding a fallen star, he meets a new friend, and he decides to do everything he can to help her. MAIKA is inspired by the 1978 children’s TV show "Spadla z oblakov" that became extremely popular on constant reruns in Vietnam in the early '90s. With gorgeous scenery, a fast-paced narrative, and charismatic performances, this Vietnamese sci-fi film for kids is a fun-filled adventure that touches on universal themes of friendship, family, and compassion.

Production Year2022
Runtime105 min.
Age limit8
LanguageAll kinds
SubtitlesEnglish, Simultanneous translation into Czech
Directed by Ham Tran
Story Ham Tran, Vincent Ngo, Anderson Le
Screenplay Ham Tran
Director of Photography Minh Cong Trang
Music Christopher Wong
Contact EAST Films
Cast Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu , Tin Tin , Ngoc Tuong, Kim Nha
Ham Tran American screenwriter, director and producer of Vietnamese origin. Graduated in directing from UCLA. He captivated audiences with his short films, made his debut with the award-winning drama Journey from the Fall (2006), and further shot, e.g., the comedy How to Fight in Six Inch Heels (Âm muu giày gót nhon, 2013).