The Third Wife



St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 4:50 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Thu, Apr 18, 2019 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2018
Runtime:94 min
Festivals & Awards:Toronto International Film Festival - NETPAC Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival - TVE Otra Mirada Award
Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Hugo
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Ash Mayfair
Executive Producer:Dang Thi Hoang Yen
Dang Thanh Tam
Producer:Ash Mayfair
Thi Bich Ngoc Tran
Cinematographer:Chananun Chotrungroj
Screenwriter:Ash Mayfair
Editor:Julie Béziau
Composer:Ton That An
Principal Cast:Tran Nu Ye^n Khe^
Mai Thu Huong (Maya)
Nguyen Phuong Tra` My
Nguyen Nhu? Quy`nh Le^
Vu~ Long
Nguyen Tha`nh Ta^m La^m
Thanh My~
Mai Ca´t Vi
Nguyen Hong Chuong
Bu`i Trung Anh


In 19th century Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is married off to a rich landowner, becoming his third wife. Hopeful for a male heir that his first two wives have yet to produce, the husband pampers May and she soon becomes pregnant. But as May becomes more familiar with her new family, including the other two wives, secrets are exposed and emotions run high, propelling May into an unfamiliar world that she is unable to navigate. Befriending the eldest wife for guidance, May embarks upon a difficult journey into adulthood. Ash Mayfair's directorial debut exposes the bitter (and not so distant) realities of being a woman in an unforgiving patriarchal society, and does so with vivid poignancy and compassion.

Director Biography

Ash Mayfair

Ash Mayfair was born in 1985. She has worked as a sound mixer, editor and director prior to making her feature-debut with The Third Wife, a film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.


"[B]rings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century" - Variety