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BRISBANE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

5 - 15 MARCH 2020

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Monsoon

‘So much of what we built in the West is contingent on forgetting some of our past traumas’

— Hong Khaou

DATE: Tuesday 10 March 2020

TIME: 7:00pm

LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas

UNCLASSIFIED  18+

Year  2019

Country  United Kingdom

Language  English & Vietnamese

Director  Hong Khaou

Genre  Drama

Run Time  85min

Cast  Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers

Awards & Screenings BFI London Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival 

Source  Madman

Queensland Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Kit (Henry Golding) arrives in Vietnam ahead of his older brother to search out a meaningful place to scatter their parents’ ashes. It's a country Kit last knew as a six-year-old boy when his family fled to England as ‘boat refugees’ in the turbulent aftermath of the American-Vietnam war. He barely recognises Ho Chi Minh City now and grapples with a growing sense of cultural dislocation made all the worse by the fact that he has forgotten how to speak the language. Kit arranges an on-line date with Lewis (Parker Sawyers), a handsome and sensitive African American clothes designer whose father fought in the American-Vietnam war. Despite some initial tension over their parents’ opposing roles in the conflict, a romance sparks between them and Lewis introduces Kit to the more vibrant and contemporary parts of the city.

Monsoon, (the directors follow up second feature to Lilting) is a rich and poignant reflection on the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present. By tackling the personal and political legacies that have shaped them, they can start to write an exciting new chapter in their lives.