Writer/Director Ash Mayfair is scheduled to be present. In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can
Writer/Director Ash Mayfair is scheduled to be present.
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. In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Contains mature content, including sexual situations.
R | 2018 | 2K DCP
Directed by Ash Mayfair
Free, but ticketed
Ash Mayfair: Unwavering Empathy
Running the Screen: Directed by Women is a month-long film screening, public conversation, and masterclass series celebrating and affirming the pioneering contributions of women to the art of filmmaking. IU Cinema has dedicated its entire September 2019 programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month.
Speakers for this event
Writer/Director Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, receiving her MFA in filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The Third Wife is her debut feature which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. The film has received numerous international awards, including the NETPAC award at TIFF, the Otra Mirada Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Gold Hugo for Best First Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Young Jury Award Comundo at the Fribourg International Film Festival, Best Artistic Contribution at the Cairo International Film Festival, and the Golden Bengal Tiger for Best Film at the Kolkatta International Film Festival. Mayfair is currently working on her second feature film titled Skin of Youth.