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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

Riceboy Sleeps

Anthony Shim


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Director's Biography

Anthony Shim was born in Seoul and emigrated to Vancouver with his family in the early 1990s. In a high school drama class, he quickly discovered a passion for storytelling and pursued a career as an actor. He has since appeared in dozens of projects over the course of nearly twenty years. Shim co-founded and served as the artistic director of the Blind Pig Theatre and co-founded and co-curated Railtown Lab, an initiative designed to support the development of original theatre works. He has taught acting at the esteemed Railtown Actors Studio and in the graduate programme of the Vancouver Acting School.

English, Korean
Tue 15 / 15h00 / Salle des Ministres
Wed 16 / 18h00 / Le Colisée

In the presence of the film crew

So-young is a Korean single mother raising her adolescent son Dong-hyun in suburban Canada during the 1990s. Determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind in her native country, So-young does her best to overcome constant racial and cultural challenges. Dong-hyun becomes increasingly curious about his Korean heritage—and in particular about his deceased father, a topic So-young refuses to address. Instead, she is set on continuing her new life, which now includes a relationship with a kind Korean Canadian man—a situation that only exacerbates the tense relationship between her and Dong-hyun. Then, devastating news prompts mother and son to return to South Korea for the first time with hopes of reconnecting with their roots and reconciling their tragic past.

Director : Anthony Shim
Producer : Anthony Shim, Rebecca Steele, Bryan Demore
Screenwriter : Anthony Shim
Cinematographer : Christopher Lew
Production Designer: Louisa Birkin
Editor : Anthony Shim
Sound :Matt Drake
Music : Andrew Yong Hoon Lee

Choi Seung-yoon, Ethan Hwang, Dohyun Noel Hwang, Anthony Shim, Hunter Dillon, Jerina Son, Kang In Sung, Choi Jongryul, Lee Yong-nyeo

Production Company : Lonesome Heroes Productions
International Sales : Sphere Films International








English, Korean