UPDATE (4/102020): After releasing its trailer for the market in the United Kingdom, the gay drama Monsoon has secured a destributor for North America. Strand Releasing, the independent distributor behind projects like The Audition, Sauvage, and Hustler White, will distribute the new project, first premiered in June 2019.
“We’re so thrilled to be working with Protagonist Pictures again, and especially to follow up with Hong’s latest effort, which is such a beautifully crafted and personal film for [filmmaker Hong Khaou,]” Marcus Hu, co-president of Strand Releasing, said according to Variety.
The company plans to releasing the project Fall 2020.
ORIGINAL (3/20/2020): No one really knows what's going on in the movie business right now. Some films that have premiers in the next few months have been pushed back as much as a year. The BFI Festival, a queer film festival in the U.K., cancelled their physical event but instead have put many films online for a digital version. Some studios have followed suit with Pixar announcing that Onward would release early on Disney+ in early April. But, while all of that figures itself out, some films are still pushing forward with the release of trailers. On of those: Monsoon.
First premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in June 2019, Monsoon is a British drama written and directed by Hong Khaou. Critics have said that it is gorgeously shot — though we could see that clearly in this new trailer — and called it a "sensitive portrait of cultural displacement." The official description calls it "a rich and poignant reflection on the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present,"
In the film Kit, played by Henry Golding, returns to Ho Chi Minh City after fleeing as a child. As revealed in the trailer he went to sleep one night as a child and woke up on a boat, placed there by his parents in the wake of the Vietnam-American war. Though his parents never returned during their lives, he's returned to spread their ashes.
"Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love, and happiness," the official release says. That love, apparently, could come in the shape of a character played by Parker Sawyers.
"You look like your picture," Sawyers' character says on what seems to be a date. Sounds like a connection from an app; we've all been there. "Thank god." And while that first date is over dinner, the pair end up at some point, hot, sweaty, and shirtless in someone's bedroom. We love to see it.
We would, of course, love it even more if we could figure out when we get to see the film in full!