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 (Saebyuk Kim), 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 an incredibly complex yet delicate debut. – Jenny Nulf, Director of Programming
“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.”– Haoi-Tran Bui, /Film
“Sensitive, keenly observed and unflinchingly honest…”– Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter
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