The Screening Room
• 120 Princess Street • Kingston, ON
Doors Open: 3:15PM
| Show Starts: 4:00PM
| All Ages
Featuring: Riceboy Sleeps
Tickets may still be available at the event, other ticket outlets, or the box office.
Event type: All Ages
The opening night selection for this year’s KCFF is a special film by anyone’s standards. The second feature by Vancouver-based actor-turned-filmmaker Anthony Shim, this poignant drama is both acutely specific to the experience of a Korean immigrant family in the 90s Canadian suburbs, and profoundly universal as a heart-wrenching story of a mother and son whose close bond is threatened by great changes and challenges. Choi Seung-yoon is spellbinding as So-Young, a woman who must rebuild her life after leaving South Korea and arriving in Canada with her headstrong son Dong-hyun (played as a boy by Dohyun Noel Hwang and by Ethan Hwang as a teen). The push-and-pull dynamic that exists in any parent-child relationship is exacerbated by the unspoken pains of the characters’ past, along with outside factors like the racism that Dong-hyun weathers at school and the sexism that So-Young faces at work. Their tensions and sorrows are leavened by displays of resilience and moments of joy, all of which makes for a film of rare richness and power.
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March 2, 2023 - March 5, 2023
Cutoff is Friday, March 3, 2023 3:14 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.