Vietnamese French actress wins César award

Pham Linh Dan, a Vietnamese French actress, won the Best Female Newcomer award at the 31st Academy of Arts and Sciences César Awards in Paris on Saturday.

Linh Dan picked up the golden trophy for the Meilleur espoir feminineawardfor her role as a Chinese piano teacher in the film De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped).

The film, directed by Jacques Audiard, scooped eight prizes at the premier French film awards, including the o­nes for the Best French Movie and Best Director.

It tells the story of Tom (Romain Duris), a 28-year-old property shark and violent enforcer of real estate scams who tries to become a concert pianist.

In his daily training sessions for the audition, Tom is helped by Miao Lin (Pham Linh Dan) a Chinese immigrant who does not speak French. Their communication exists of bare essentials, as if to echo the idea that Tom is really o­n his own in this quest, since his mother who inspired him and from whom he has undeniably inherited his talent is now gone.

Despite the occasional relapse into his previous lifestyle, Tom does not want to stray from his path, fixing himself steadily o­n his objectives.

The film was a great commercial success in France and abroad and has been praised by popular film critics.

Born in 1974 in Saigon, Linh Dan moved to France with her parents in 1975. In 1992, she was invited to play as Camille, the adopted child of a French woman (played by Catherine Deneuve) in the film Indochine directed by Régis Warginer.

Dan followed her parents’ aspiration, studying commerce and working as a senior marketing manager after graduating. She had worked in many places, including New York, Singapore, Vietnam and now resides in London.

But the young woman could not resist the allure of the movies. She took part in an actress training course at the Institute Lee Strasberg in the United States and after graduating in 2001 she returned to the movies with the role Lu Ann in the Les mauvais jouveurs by Balekdijian and De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté in 2004.

Dan was nominated for the Meilleur espoir feminine
César awards for her role as Camilla in the Indochine 12 years ago.

Reported by Thuy Lieu – Translated by Thu Thuy