26th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Opening Film 2022

Riceboy Sleeps directed by Anthony Shim will open the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival which will take place from November 9 – 20, 2022.

Opening Night
November 9th, 2022 at the Hot Docs Tad Rogers Cinema 7:00 pm

Riceboy Sleeps by Anthony Shim – Canada | 2022 – 117 minutes

Set in the 1990s, South Korean immigrant and single mother So-young looks to make a fresh start in a West Coast Canadian suburb with her son Dong-hyun. Despite encountering the challenges of immigrant life at every step, they try their best to fit in at school and at work. As the angstful Dong-hyun grows up and grows apart from his mother, events propel them to deal with unspoken truths from the past. 

A deeply personal second feature from writer-director-actor Anthony Shim, Riceboy Sleeps features dynamic performances from Seung-yoon Choi and Ethan Hwang as So-young and Dong-hyun, respectively. Their performances are enabled by precise but organic 16 mm compositions by Shim and cinematographer Christopher Lew. A commanding performance of Canadian film, Riceboy Sleeps is epic yet intimate, and ambitious yet simple in its truths that belonging is more important than fitting in.  – Aram Siu Wai Collier


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