Focus Features has revealed the trailer for Blue Bayou, opening in theaters on September 17, 2021. You can watch the trailer using the player below.
An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival from award-winning writer/director Justin Chon (Gook, Ms. Purple), Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future.
Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.
Produced by Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, and Chon, the film also stars Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, and Emory Cohen.
In the film, New Orleans tattoo artist Antonio LeBlanc is a devoted family man, looking to build a better life for pregnant wife Kathy and precocious step-daughter Jessie (Sydney Kowalske). But for an ex-con with a checkered past, opportunity can be hard to come by, meaning money is always tight, especially with a new baby on the way.
Complicating matters is Kathy’s ex Ace (O’Brien), a Louisiana cop who wants to play a larger role in Jessie’s life—despite having abandoned the girl and her mother years earlier.
When a family spat unexpectedly leads to a grocery store confrontation with Ace and his racist partner, Denny (Cohen), Antonio is arrested and transferred into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Despite having been brought to America at the age of three, the Korean-American adoptee — who is married to an American citizen — suddenly faces deportation from the only country he’s ever known as home.
Trapped in a waking nightmare, Antonio and Kathy seek out legal assistance to help fight the deportation order, only to discover that they have precious little hope of keeping their family together.
With Antonio facing an uncertain future, he finds an unlikely ally and source of support in a Vietnamese-American woman named Parker (Pham) who also is at a place where she is struggling to come to terms with a difficult truth.
Determined to remain near his loved ones, an increasingly desperate Antonio is forced to confront his past, going to ever greater lengths to remain on American soil.
But the painful secrets that come to light threaten to upend his relationships with Kathy and Jessie—even as Denny resolves to seal Antonio’s fate.
Focus Features is presenting Blue Bayou in association with MACRO and eOne. The film was edited by Reynolds Barney, the costume designer is Eunice Jera Lee, and the production designer is Bo Koung Shin.
The composer is Roger Suen and cinematographers are Ante Cheng and Matthew Chuang. The film was executive produced by Nick Meyer, Zev Foreman, Clara Wu Tsai and Eddie Rubin. The co-producers are Greta Fuentes and Yira Vilaro.