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House of Hummingbird

Beol-sae

Announcing a bright new voice in South Korean cinema, Bora Kim brings us this absorbing coming-of-age drama about a dysfunctional Seoul family circa 1994.

A number of access tickets have been ring-fenced for the BSL screening on Tuesday 8 October.

Dir-Scr Bora Kim
Prod Zoe Sua Cho, Bora Kim
With Ji-hu Park, Sae-byuk Kim, Seung-yeon Lee
South Korea-USA
2018
138min
Sales Contents Panda
With English subtitles

With regular beatings from her brother, the evasions of a feckless boyfriend and a blossoming friendship with a new teacher, teenage Eunhee certainly has a lot on her mind. And with her parents always working late or fighting, it’s starting to feel like she’s invisible. But as Eunhee navigates the first flushes and disappointments of adolescence, she begins to develop her own philosophy towards life. Though Eunhee’s circumstances are often bleak, writer-director Bora Kim brings both humour and elegance to her autobiographical debut, capturing the tiny moments when perceptions shift in a young person’s life. It’s a richly textured depiction of South Korea – encompassing events and attitudes ranging from the collapse of Seongsu Bridge to society’s relationship with violence – all experienced through Eunhee’s wise young eyes.

Kate Taylor

Additional information

The screening on Tuesday 8 October is an accessible BSL screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.

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