Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

THREE SEASONS

 

Year: 1999
Country: USA
Run Time: 108 minutes

The first-American produced narrative feature filmed entirely in Vietnam with largely native actors (one exception: executive producer Harvey Keitel) is a gently flowing drama that recalls the works of Wong Kar-Wai, Zhang Yimou and other Asian masters. Four separate-but-connected stories open before us like petals of a flower - specifically, like the white lotus blossoms harvested by peasant girl Kien An on a rural farm commanded by an unseen and feared 'Teacher Dao' whome she will get to know quite well. She takes the flowers to Saigon to sell in the plaza by a tourist-filled hotel, where a former G.I. (Keitel) is obsessively searching for the mixed-race daughter he left behind when the Communists swarmed in. The American crosses paths Woody, a tiny but streetwise-beyond-his-years kid and a pavement vendor of knockoff merchandise and trinkets, who is soon on a desperate quest of his own. And against that backdrop an ambitious prostitute sells herself for the foreigners' money and becomes the regular client of a 'cyclo' (tricycle-taxi) driver with more on his mind than fares. These narratives gracefully twine together in the end for a multiple climax of aching beauty, as THREE SEASONS itself heralds the coming of springtime to a wounded land. (In Vietnamese with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Tony Bui

Director
Tony Bui

Producer
Jason Kliot, Joana Vincente, Tony Bui

Cinematography
Lisa Rinzler

Editing
Keith Reamer

Principal Cast
Don Duong, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, Zo? Bui, Harvey Keitel, Tran Manh Cuong, Nguyen Huu Duoc

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