In 19th-century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon, she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.
Writer/director Ash Mayfair based the story partially on her own family history. Controversy surrounded its release in Vietnam, and it was withdrawn from distribution. Elsewhere its “ravishing cinematography” has been highly acclaimed, and the film has won many prestigious awards including Best Asian Film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The Third Wife was enthusiastically received at the recent Sydney Film Festival, and is now getting a wider release at selected cinemas (listed below) from July 4. MA 15+
“… a finely detailed and quietly devastating tapestry where rare moments of genuine intimacy are intensely experienced.” – Screen Daily
“…a film so sensuous we can lose ourselves in it…” – Variety
“What we have here is a small, delicate mini-masterpiece, and bright new talent behind the camera.”– San Francisco Chronicle
Thanks to Potential Films we have 5 double in season passes to give away. For a chance to win all you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with The Third Wife in the subject line. That’s all you have to do, but make sure you include your name and address so we can mail the tickets by priority post. Entries close midday Wednesday July 3.
NSW: Dendy Newtown, Dendy Opera Quays, Palace Chauvel, Palace Byron Bay, Starcourt Lismore (July 30 & July 3), Cinemax Kingscliffe
VIC: Cinema Nova, Lido Cinema, Classic Cinema, Thornbury Picture House (July 18)
ACT: Dendy Cinemas Canberra
TASMANIA: State Theatre Hobart
PERTH: Luna Leederville (July 18)
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