During a long, stifling summer, a married couple in their thirties contemplate starting a family but find themselves faced with financial uncertainty. Hyun-soo works in a factory while his wife Joo-hee works as a yoga instructor, as sunny days and sweaty nights drift by, the couple’s conversations are filled with discussions of love and parenthood and all the joys and pressures associated with both. As they try to balance work, love and familial expectations the couple find their dreams for the future threatened, as Hyun-soo’s factory job becomes increasingly precarious and tensions surface in their relationship.
With Sleepless Night, filmmaker Jang Kun-jae has crafted an intimate and meditative film about the subtle rhythms of daily life and the intricacies of marriage, filled with evocatively composed images and vividly imbued with the sounds of summer.
This screening will be followed by an extended discussion with the curators of the season, the students of National Film and Television School, MA Programming & Curating.