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Director: Ash Mayfair
Year: 2018
Duration: 96′
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
Genre : Drama


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 falls 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.

Director’s Biography

Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam and educated in the UK and the US. Ash has directed numerous plays and short films in the UK and the US. She has worked at the National Theatre in London as an assistant director and in off-Broadway productions in New York as a director. Her short films, “The Silver Man”, “Sam”, “Heart of a Doll”, “Grasshopper”, “Lupo”, “Walking the Dead” and “No Exit” have travelled to multiple international festivals. The screenplay for “The Third Wife” was a recipient of the Spike Lee Film Production Fund in 2014 and also form part of the IFP Narrative Lab 2017 in New York.

Festivals and Awards

Chicago Film Festival 2018
SSIFF | San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018


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