Today, the first teaser trailer for Vietnam sci-fi surprise Nước (2030) arrived on its official Facebook page. With more hints provided in the international poster, the trailer shows footage of two people swimming under the water. This is the first movie from Vietnam that shows a futuristic dystopia and (I assume) mostly will take place under the sea.
From the official synopsis:
It is the year 2030. Catastrophic climate change as a result of global warming means that most of the arable land in southern Vietnam is now below sea level. Most of the population has already been evacuated, but Sao and her husband Thi refuse to leave their land. They are living in a stilt house and subsisting on the dwindling fish population. On floating farms along the coast, major multinational corporations are working on a secret project to create vegetables, now a rare commodity.
When her husband is murdered, Sao gets a job at the floating farm where she suspects she may find his murderer. She discovers that the concern is making use of genetic engineering in its production and that the processes used pose a huge health risk. Does the chief scientist, who was once her lover, have anything to do with her husband's death? Her quest for the truth sucks her into a whirlpool of events that eventually see her faced with a dramatic decision.
Nước (2030) seems like a masterful, atmospheric weave of elements from different genres: part end-of-the-world film, part science fiction, part thriller and part romance. Directed by the critically acclaimed director of Buffalo Boy, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ, this film will open Berlin Film Festival 2014's Panorama section.