The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) presents Hong Khaou‘s Monsoon, featuring Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians and Parker Sawyers who portrayed Barrack Obama in Southside with You, as part of aGLIFF 33: Prism. This screening is co-presented by Do512 and the Austin Asian American Film Festival.
85 minutes | United Kingdom | 2019 | English
Director: Hong Khaou
Crazy Rich Asians’ sexy leading man Henry Golding stars in this poetic film from director Hong Khau (Lilting) about a man who returns to his native Vietnam from the UK to distribute his parents’ ashes. As part of his journey, he hooks up with an American, Lewis (Parker Sawyers) who has his own personal connection to the country – their liaison offering both men a sympathetic ear. Asking questions about home, place and identity, this beautifully-shot film, with the dreamy Golding at its heart, finds that the answers can sometimes be wondrously elusive.
The Hollywood Reporter called it “an intimate drama of surprising depth”:
“… this is a fascinating and thoughtful follow-up to Khaou’s well-received debut feature, the 2014 Sundance premiere Lilting with Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-pei. It also similarly dives into subjects such as living between cultures, feeling lost in translation and the complex and sometimes conflicting intersection of identities that emerges when you’re part of more than one minority — Kit is a Vietnamese-born, British-raised gay man.”
Film Daze called it “a pensive exploration of cultural dislocation”:
“The self-assured style — not unlike the sleepy pace of Kogonada’s Columbus — is unwavering. This comes as little surprise considering the praise received by Khaou’s first feature, Lilting. Akin to the Ben Whishaw-starring drama, Monsoon is a film about loss and gay love.”
aGLIFF 33: Prism WILL BE VIRTUAL! aGLIFF‘s 33rd annual film festival will be held over TWO WEEKENDS — AUGUST 6-9 AND AUGUST 13-16 — and feature over 50 feature and short films showcasing the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.
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