HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD | 벌새

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First-time director Kim Bo-ra explores the nuances of being a young woman growing up in the early ’90s of South Korea with HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD. Eun-hee (Park Ji-hoo) is struggling: her family ignores her brother’s abuse towards her, her romantic relationships are complicated and fleeting, and on top of it all she has a looming surgery that could have severe side effects. Amidst the tangled mess that is being a teenager, Eun-hee creates a connection with her new teacher, Young-ji (Kim Saebyuk), who attempts to bring some clarity to life’s hurdles. With most coming-of-age films, there’s some kind of hope woven throughout, but with her debut director Bo-ra rethinks the genre’s tropes and asks the audience: what if growing up doesn’t make the world a more beautiful place? A translucent and soft character study, HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD is and incredibly complex yet delicate debut. – Jenny Nulf

“Don’t let the sun-kissed ’90s setting mislead you: HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD deconstructs that nostalgic sheen to uncover how deep and dark those cracks actually go.”
– Hoai-Tran Bui, /Film

“Sensitive, keenly observed and unflinchingly honest…”
– Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

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IN COMPETITION for Best Narrative Feature
TEXAS PREMIERE

DIRECTOR/WRITER: Kim Bo-ra
PRODUCERS: Cho Zoe-sua, Kim Bo-ra
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kang Gook-hyun
EDITOR: Cho Zoe-sua
MUSIC: 
Matija Strniša
FEATURING: Park Ji-hu, Kim Sae-byuk, Lee Seung-yeon, Jung In-gi, Son Sang-yeon, Bak Su-yeon, Park Seo-yun, Jeong Yun-seo, Seol Hye-in

LENGTH: 138 min
LANGUAGE: Korean
COUNTRY: South Korea
GENRE: Drama / Coming of Age

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP
US DISTRIBUTOR: Well Go Entertainment

2018 Busan International Film Festival NETPAC Award & KNN Audience Award
2019 Berlin International Film Festival Grand Prix for Best Film
2019 Istanbul Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
2019 Tribeca Film Festival Best International Narrative Feature Award, Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film Award for Ji-hu Park, Best Cinematography Award for Kang Gook-hyu
2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
2019 Seattle International Film Festival
House of Hummingbird Official Website