EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based distributor Orchid Tree Media has acquired North American rights to Anastasia Tsang’s A Light Never Goes Out, which is Hong Kong’s submission for Best International Feature at the Oscars. A theatrical release is being lined up in select cinemas.
Starring Sylvia Chang, who won best actress at Taiwan’s prestigious Golden Horse Awards for the role, the film revolves around one woman’s plight to save her deceased husband’s legacy in making neon signs, which once defined the cityscape of Hong Kong.
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Here is a trailer for the film, which also stars Cecilia Choi, Henick Chou and Simon Yam.
The film will open on November 10 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a platform release. The initial opening will focus on Chinese language-skewing sites such as Flushing (Regal Tangram) and Monterey Park (AMC Atlantic Times Square).
It will also play in competition at the upcoming Asian World Film Festival in Culver City and will have a screening as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival’s upcoming Selects programming on November 15.
Tsang’s credits include short film Marriage Sans Frontieres (2011), exploring transgender issues, which was a selection of the Cannes Short Film Corner and winner of Best Short Film at the Seattle Translation Short Film Festival. She also directed surreal short film Marryland (2015), which screened at Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy.
She also co-directed TV series Till Death Do Us Part (2018), portraying the complexities of married life, and co-wrote A Journey Of Happiness (2019). A Light Never Goes Out is her feature film directorial debut.
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