The film won the Caméra d’Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French annual film award ceremony, and was nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Scent of Green Papaya is Tran Anh Hung’s first feature film and stars his wife, Tran Nu Yên-Khê. The film is also the director’s first collaboration with Vietnamese composer Tôn-Thât Tiêt who would subsequently write the music for two more films: Cyclo and Vertical Ray of the Sun. Although set in Vietnam, the film was shot entirely on a soundstage in Boulogne, France.
Awards and nominations 1993 Cannes Film Festival Award of the Youth French Film (Anh Hung Tran) Won 1993 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera Award (Anh Hung Tran) Won 1993 Camerimage Golden Frog Award Nomination (Benoît Delhomme) 1994 Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 1994 British Film Institute Award Sutherland Trophy (Anh Hung Tran) Won 1994 César Award for Best First Work (Anh Hung Tran) Won