Vietnamese Queer Film “Song Lang” Gets October Theatrical Release!

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Song Lang (Image: PR)

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired the US rights to Leon Le’s multi-award-winning queer drama Song Lang for North America. A nationwide virtual theatrical release on October 9, 2020, will be followed by an On-Demand/DVD release on November 11, 2020.

According to the press release, Breaking Glass acquired the rights to the award-winning Song Lang in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Tetsuki Ijichi, founder and CEO of Rain Trail Pictures.

Leon Le’s award-winning film festival favorite Song Lang, offers strong performances, against the backdrop of Saigon in the ’90s,” said Rich Wolff, CEO of Breaking Glass Pictures. “The heart of this story is Cai-luong which is a Vietnamese style of folk opera, blended with a beautifully produced, and brilliantly acted, story of how two men’s lives converge, and for a moment find peace and contentment. An absolute festival favorite which audiences will love.”

We are thrilled that Breaking Glass Pictures will be releasing this beautiful movie in North America. It is one of the most audience award-winning Asian movies of the decade and we are so proud of this feature film. I believe everyone will enjoy it,” shared Tetsuki Ijichi of Rain Trail Pictures.

The official description reads:

Set in 1980’s Saigon, Song Lang is a gritty underworld noir hiding a tender, romantic heart. At the film’s core is the unlikely bond that develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (V-pop star Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer for a struggling company that performs Cai-Luong, a modern form of traditional Vietnamese folk opera.

The two meet when Dung comes to forcefully collect a debt from the opera troupe, but when their paths cross again, a friendship develops, awakening surprising, tender feelings in both men. With his first feature film, director Leon Le has delivered a rich drama: a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites–equally uncompromising–set against the backdrop of a gorgeous, fading art form.

Here’s the trailer!

Judging from the trailer, I have a feeling Song Lang isn’t going to be a happy queer movie. However, it will surely be well-acted and impressively filmed.

Again, Song Lang will be released in virtual theaters come October 9, 2020, and will be available on DVD and Digital on November 11, 2020, from Breaking Glass Pictures.

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