The Third Wife

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    The Third Wife

    Directed by

    Vietnam

    2018

    96 min

    • Vietnamese

    Drama

    Set in late-19th century Vietnam, this jewel-like debut feature from writer-director Ash Mayfair is at once seductive and harrowing, transporting us to a time and place in which women are expected to stifle their longings while performing duties for the men who possess them. Though only 14 years old, May is selected to be the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her new home seems idyllic, her husband favours her, and she quickly becomes pregnant with what she is certain will be the desired male progeny. But trouble is quietly brewing: she witnesses a forbidden tryst that will spark a chain reaction of misfortunes — and stir in May urges that until now had been dormant.

    Awards

    • NETPAC Award - Toronto IFF
    • TVE-Another Look Award
    • Youth Jury Award COMUNDO - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Le Vu Long
    Tran Nu Yen Khe
    Mai Thu Huong Maya
    Nguyen Phuong Tra My
    Nguyen Nhu Quynh
    Screenplay
    Ash Mayfair
    Cinematography
    Chananun Chotrungroj
    Music
    Julie Béziau
    Production
    AN NAM PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    THREE COLORS PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    MAYFAIR PICTURES
    Sales
    M-APPEAL
    Ash Mayfair

    Ash Mayfair

    Vietnam

    Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and received her MFA in Filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her feature debut, THE THIRD WIFE (2018), premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and won the NETPAC Award. It also screened at Busan International Film Festival 2018, and won prizes at San Sebastian, Chicago, Cairo, Kolkata, Bangkok and other film festivals.

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