Song Lang

dir. Leon Quang Le
Vietnam 2018, 101’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Awards and festivals
Vietnam National FF - Golden Lotus Award, Excellent Director, Excellent Sound Director, Excellent Art Director, Excellent Supporting Actor Vietnamese Golden Kite Award - Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer Beijing IFF 2019 - Forward Future Award for Best New Director Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ FF 2019 - Audience Award LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT FF 2019 - Special Jury Mention New York Asian Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award
Credits
Vietnam 2018
Duration: 101’
director: Leon Quang Le
screenplay: Leon Quang Le, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc
cinematography: Bob Nguyen
editing: Leon Quang Le
music: Ton That An
cast: Isaac, Lien Binh Phat, Minh Phuong, Kim Phuong, Tu Quyen, Thanh Tu
producer: Irene Trinh
executive producer: Ngo Thanh Van
production: Studio 68, CreaTV
language: Vietnamese
colouration: colour

Film description

Two worlds that should not come together. Two gazes that cannon meet. Dung is an efficient, ruthless debt collector hired by shady characters of the Saigon underworld. Linh-Phung is an actor celebrating the subtle beauty of the cai-luong opera, which is slowly sinking into oblivion. A chance meeting will marry their fates in a completely unexpected way – nostalgia enclosed in colorful sequins and the brutal world of the back streets of a big city turn out to have more in common than the two men would like to admit.

The stunning frames of Leon Le’s debut feature transport us to the 1980s, when the complex symbolic meanings of the musical theater were forced to give way to Nintendo games. Here, the opera conventions and the unique traditional music meet the exciting portrait of a metropolis on the rise. One of the highest-rated films of the 12th Five Flavours is an ambitious melodrama, bringing to mind the dim lights of the worlds of Wong Kar-wai and the sparkling lines delivered by Richard Linklater's characters.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Leon Quang Le

Born in 1977 in Saigon, he grew up in Vietnam until the age of 13 when he moved with his family to Southern California. After college he pursued his dream of stage performance and  moved to New York City to begin a career in Musical Theater. After establishing himself as an accomplished actor, dancer and singer, including Broadway performances, he started to act in TV series and films, also in Vietnam. In the meantime he also pursued career as a photographer.

Leon Le is a self taught filmmaker, his short films "Dawn" (2012) and "Talking To My Mother" (2014) has gained him attentions at the film festival circuit. "Song Lang" is his debut feature film.

Filmography:

2012 Dawn (kr. m.)

2014 Talking To My Mother (kr. m.)

2018 Song Lang

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