PERTH - THE THIRD WIFE - MEDIA SCREENING - TUES 2 JULY 2018 - 6PM FOR A 6.30PM START - LUNA LEEDERVILLE (E-TICKET WILL BE SENT TO NOMINATED E-MAIL ACCOUNT TO PRINT AND PRESENT AT THE DOOR)

  • 02 Jul 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • LUNA LEEDERVILLE
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Debut director Ash Mayfair delivers a gorgeously intimate, evocative, and

THE THIRD WIFE


Media Screening Tue 2 July at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start at Luna Leederville


The “sensuously elegant” (Screen International) and “gorgeously intimate” (Variety) debut feature, THE THIRD WIFE, follows the story of a young bride in late 19th century Vietnam. This “mesmerizing” (The Film Stage) tale of lost innocence and forbidden love open July 18 at Luna Leederville.

Set in late 19th century Vietnam, Ash Mayfair’s exquisite feature debut focuses on a teenager in an arranged marriage, who learns quickly about her world’s suffocating patriarchy.

Mayfair’s dreamlike feminist tale of repressed desire is filled with passion, beauty and melancholy. May (Nguyễn Phương Trà My) is a teenager who, through an arranged marriage, becomes the third wife of prosperous rural landowner Hung. She quickly comes of age, learning what she can about sex, and also about the strict patriarchal hierarchy of her society: a world in which women are scarcely more than property and fulfilment of any kind is fleeting. May soon pins all her hopes on becoming the first of Hung’s wives to bear him a son. Writer/director Mayfair based the tale in part on her own family history, recruiting a splendid cast including the great Trần Nữ Yên Khê (The Scent of Green Papaya). The Third Wife’s ravishing cinematography brings the pastoral setting to life with a mix of lyricism and bracing immediacy.

A great deal of the emotional communication of the film is carried in glances and glimpses, in the softly plangent strings of Ton That An’s spare, elegant score, and the pattering, scuffing and quick, short breaths of Eduoard Morin’s sound design.


 

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