24th Athens International Film Festival

Spa Night

1/10/2016, 21:00, Odeon Opera 1

A young Korean man living with his family in Los Angeles gets a job at a local bathhouse unbeknownst to his parents. There he discovers an underground world of homosexual pleasure that equally scares and excites him. Youthful dreams, forbidden desires and lust that's looking for release, in the shadow of an American dream showing cracks. Best Actor award at Sundance and a double win at the Outfest Festival for this sensual debut edited by Yannis Chalkiadakis.

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A young Korean man living with his family in Los Angeles gets a job at a local bathhouse unbeknownst to his parents. There he discovers an underground world of homosexual pleasure that equally scares and excites him. Youthful dreams, forbidden desires and lust that's looking for release, in the shadow of an American dream showing cracks. Best Actor award at Sundance and a double win at the Outfest Festival for this sensual debut edited by Yannis Chalkiadakis.

Director: Andrew Ahn
Screenwriter: Andrew Ahn
DoP: Kim Jin Kim
Editor: Yannis Chalkiadakis
Principal Cast: Joe Seo, Haerry, Youn Ho Cho

USA | 2016 | Color | DCP | 97' | English, Korean


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