MAURICIO OSAKI

Writer / Director

Brazil

Mauricio Osaki was born in Brazil, where he started his career directing short films and working in feature projects as assistant editor and post producer for major film companies. He is currently completing his MFA in Filmmaking at NYU Tisch. While at Tisch, Mauricio directed the award-winning film My Father’s Truck which premiered in the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival and was short-listed for an Oscar. He currently lives in China where he works in his NYU thesis a micro-budget feature film be shot in Beijing, while also developing the project The Paths of My Father to be shot in Vietnam.

Project

The Paths of my Father

10 year old Vy, North Vietnamese girl, is very close with her grandmother, whom she spends her afternoons with selling street food. She knows very little about her mother, who died a long time ago, and has a distant relationship with her father, who transports people and goods from the countryside to Hanoi’s open market in his passenger truck. But when Vy’s grandmother suddenly falls sick and needs hospitalization, Lim, her father, has no other choice than to take his daughter with him over the weekend as his helper. Set against the colorless landscapes of the harsh Vietnamese winter, The Paths of My Father is the story of Vy venturing out for the first time on an important journey with her father through the countryside of Northern Vietnam. The journey will bring them to the border of Laos and Thailand, where her father has some unusual business to deal with. Meanwhile, little Vy is on her own personal quest to discover more about her mysterious family background. Throughout the journey, as both father and daughter are forced to deal with some harsh realities about the nature of work and family values, the distant and tense relationship between the two begins to change.