The Third Wife
by Ash Mayfair
Vietnam 2018, 94'
Entrapped in a cocoon of traditions, newly-wed May must realize that flying free will come at a high price
In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May 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.
Cast & Crew
Nguyễn Hồng Chương, Lê Vũ Long, Trần Nữ Yên Khe, Mai Thu Hường Maya, Nguyễn Phương Trà My
Toronto IFF 2018
San Sebastian IFF 2018
Vancouver IFF 2018
Milano FF 2018
NETPAC Award - Toronto IFF 2018
Ash Mayfair was born & grown up in Vietnam, she received an MFA in filmmaking from NYU. Ash’s short films, The Silver Man, Sam, Heart of a Doll, Grasshoppers, Lupo, Walking the Dead, and No Exit have been shown by numerous international film festivals. The Third Wife is her first feature film. The screenplay won the Spike Lee Production Fund 2014 and was on the NYU Purple List 2015 for the best screenplays written by graduates. The Third Wife also won the Grand Prix at Autumn Meeting Lab 2015 in Vietnam and the Best Award for a non-Hong Kong project at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2016. In 2017, the project is also among the 10 films selected to be presented at IFP (Independent Filmmakers Project), New York 2017.