THE THIRD WIFE | NGƯỜI VỢ BA

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Life has historically been difficulty for women, and for 14-year-old May living in the 19th century Vietnam, it is even moreso as she is married off to a wealthy landowner as the third wife. Inexperienced at her young age in the biology of her own body as she becomes pregnant, she is taken under the wings of the first two wives and befriends their daughters. Observing of the social dynamics of her new family, it becomes clear to May that her worth is tied to a single overriding priority: she must birth a male heir. As illicit relationships become more clear and their consequences become more tragic, May must choose between living true to her newfound self or risking her place in the only family she has. – Yuxi Lai

“[B]y focusing with unwavering empathy on the interior life of teenage bride May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My), the remarkable THE THIRD WIFE feels newborn and ineffably modern.”
– Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Sensuously elegant”
– John Berra, Screen Daily

 

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IN COMPETITION for Best Narrative Feature

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ash Mayfair
PRODUCERS: Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, Ash Mayfair
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Dang Thanh Tam, Dang Thi Hoang Yen
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Chananun Chotrungroj
EDITOR: Julie Béziau
MUSIC: An Ton That
FEATURING: Nguyen Phuong Tra My, Lam Thanh My, Tran Nu Yen Khe

LENGTH: 94 min
LANGUAGE: Vietnamese
COUNTRY: Vietnam
GENRE: Drama | Historical

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP
US DISTRIBUTOR: Film Movement

2018 Toronto International Film Festival NETPAC Award
2018 San Sebastian Film Festival TVE-Another Look Award
2018 Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo, New Director’s Competition
2018 Kolkata International Film Festival Best Film
2018 Minsk International Film Festival Special Jury Award
2018 Cairo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution, International Competition
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