Presented By:So Yong Kim
Sarah (Riley Keough) and Mindy (Jena Malone) have been close friends for years, but
have grown apart because Sarah is married with a young child and a driven husband who is seldom home, and Mindy is free of all that. Mindy comes for a visit and immediately understands that Sarah needs an adventure. She takes Sarah and her daughter Jessie (played by So Yong Kim’s and co-writer Bradley Rust Gray’s youngest daughter, Jessie Ok Gray) on a road trip. Drinking, dancing, a rodeo, and a powerful intimacy follow. Something big has happened, but Sarah and the audience are left exhilarated and perplexed. The movie then jumps three years into the future, and Sarah and Jessie (now played by the filmmakers’ older daughter, Sky Ok Gray) attend Mindy’s wedding, which presents its own set of unexpected and unsettling questions.
So Yong Kim knows that movies rest on character, and that the tiniest detail can reveal everything. She trusts all the tools of the movie storyteller, and uses them deftly. She’s assembled a terrific cast, and boldly embraces the very different rhythm of each section. Much that we are used to having explained in movies goes unsaid here, so we are left to learn from, and revel in, the film’s presentation of carefully chosen details and human ambiguity.
The result is a stunning movie. (Jed Dietz)
So Yong Kim (expected for our first screening) is an award-winning Korean-American independent filmmaker. She has made three prior feature films: In Between Days (2006), Treeless Mountain (MDFF 2009), and For Ellen (2012). In 2014, So directed Spark and Light, a short film starring Riley Keough commissioned by fashion house Miu Miu as part of their ongoing series Women’s Tales.