Charades Boards Cannes’ Critics Week Migrant Drama ‘Blue Sun Palace,’ Unveils Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

French sales powerhouse Charades has boarded Constance Tsang’s migrant drama “Blue Sun Palace” which is set to world premiere at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. WME Independent is representing domestic rights for the movie in North America.

“Blue Sun Palace” is set in the Chinese community of Queens with a vibrant cast led by award-winning Taiwanese actor Lee Kang Sheng (“Rebels of the Neon God”), Golden Horse award nominee Wu Ke-Xi (“The Road to Mandalay”) and Chinese actress Xu Haipeng (“Venus By Water”).

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The film revolves around two migrants, Amy and Didi, who work together at a massage parlor in Flushing, Queens, and navigate romance, happiness and the obligations of family thousands of miles from home. A sudden act of violence will catalyze their unlikely bond. “Blue Sun Palace” is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Sally Sujin Oh and Eli Raskin (Field Trip Media), alongside producer Tony Yang (Big Buddha Pictures).

“We’re delighted to present this deeply moving film,” said Charades’ co-founder Carole Baraton. “It’s a poignant exploration of the experience of exile, loneliness, grief, and solidarity… It beautifully portrays the complexities of human connection and I’m sure it will resonate deeply with audience,” she continued.

The producers said they “have long admired their exquisite taste and commitment to fostering new filmmakers.”

A Chinese American filmmaker and educator based in New York, Tsang previously directed the short film “Beau” which played at several festivals including The Metrograph and won the Directors Guild of America’s Jury Prize at their 26th Annual Student Film Awards.

Spearheaded by artistic director Ava Cahen, Critics’ Week is a section running parallel to the Cannes Film Festival and dedicated to first and second features.

Here an exclusive first clip of the film:

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