Riceboy Sleeps

So-Young is a Korean single mother raising her adolescent son Dong-Hyun in the suburbs of Canada during the 90s. Determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind in her native country, she does her best to overcome the constant racial and cultural challenges that confront them. As Dong-Hyun gets older, he becomes increasingly curious about his Korean heritage and in particular, about his deceased father – a topic that So-Young refuses to address. Instead, she is set on continuing to build on her new life, which now includes a relationship with a kind Korean-Canadian man who is eager to take on the role of Dong-Hyun’s surrogate father. This only exacerbates the tense relationship between her and Dong-Hyun. Then, sudden devastating news prompts the mother and son to return to South Korea for the first time since their initial departure with hopes of reconnecting to their roots and reconciling their tragic past

Director

Anthony Shim

Cast

Choi Seung-Yoon
Ethan Hwang
Dohyun Noel Hwang
Anthony Shim

Producers

Rebecca Steele – Kind Stranger Productions
Bryan Demore – A Lasting Dose Productions
Anthony Shim – Lonesome Heroes Productions

2022 Toronto International Film Festival

Official selection
Winner – Platform Prize

2022 DGC Awards

Nomination – Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award Short List

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