The Summer

Life in the countryside is quiet and mundane for bookish Yi-gyeong until an errant ball sends star athlete Su-yi crashing into her life. The connection between the two girls is instantaneous, and simmers until their mutual attraction bubbles up into love. But just as their feelings for each other start to make sense, Yi-gyeong’s ambitions for her future carry the couple into uncharted territory. Rising star director Han Ji-won sensitively captures the rapturous highs of falling in love for the first time with the complicated lows of navigating relationships in the queer, coming-of-age romantic drama. The creative force behind The Summer, including Han and animation studio Red Dog Culture House, represents a thrilling new chapter in Korean filmmaking that cannot be missed.

Screening with THE SEA ON THE DAY WHEN THE MAGIC RETURNS, Han Ji-won’s short film which World Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.