Thursday, February 13, 2020

Vietnamese movie Song Lang in Pittsburgh, April 30.

The 2018 Vietnamese movie Song Lang will play in Pittsburgh on April 30, hosted by ReelQ at the City of Asylum. A Hollywood Reporter review provides an overview:
In Vietnamese musical culture, the song lang is a percussion instrument used in modern folk opera cai luong. The idea is that its rhythms not only guide the opera, but also the musician, down a moral path in life. The words literally translate to “two men.” That instrument provides the philosophical backbone of writer-director Leon Le’s low-key Song Lang, set in the world of cai luong theater and contemplating a good deal more than simply a tragic, non-starter romance. Delving into suppressed artistic drive, abandonment and karma, Le’s debut could be described as a uniquely Vietnamese hybrid of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise.

Though the film has been kicking around for a while, its precise production design, palpable mood and beautifully understated yearning should keep it on both the LGBTQ and Asian festival circuits for the foreseeable future, and its intimate tone will make it an ideal addition to streaming services.
The movie starts at 7:00 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side (map). It's free and open to the pubic, though tickets are required and can be reserved online.