28.10.2021, 18:00, Online
USA, 2016, 93 Min., OV with German subtitles, FSK: 12+
Spa Night tells the story of 18 year old David (Joe Seo), who lives with his conservative Korean family in Koreatown in Los Angeles. To support his parents financially, David starts to work at a Korean Spa. Nevertheless, he realizes that the Spa is not an ordinary one. Behind closed doors, homosexual men meet up, to live out their sexuality. David is captured by new impressions, confronted with his own identity and discovers his sexuality.
With his award-winning feature debut Spa Night, Andrew Ahn succeeds in exploring the themes of diaspora and identity. He is able to reproduce them sensitively through David’s coming-of-age story. The focus is on David’s inner conflict: How can he do justice to his immigrated parents, who have given up a lot and are trying to get by in a new hometown, without suppressing his own identity?
Director: Andrew Ahn
Screenplay: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Joe Seo, Youn Ho Cho, Haerry Kim
AWARDS & INVITATIONS (Selection):
Sundance Film Festival 2016 – Special Jury Prize, Breakthrough Performance: Joe Seo
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2016 – George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award: Andrew Ahn
L.A. Outfest 2016 – Grand Jury Award, Outstanding Performance: Joe Seo
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2016 – Bill Sherwood Award, Best First Feature: Andrew Ahn
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2016 – Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2017 – John Cassavetes Award