Synopsis (Brian Hu, Artistic Director of Pacific Arts Movement): Abigail Harm (Amanda Plummer) reads books to the blind. But there’s one story in particular that she can’t get out of her head, a Korean folktale about a woodcutter who saves a deer, who in turns tells its savior how to win the undying love of a nymph. Before long, the folktale appears to come alive in Abigail’s New York apartment, with Will Patton as an intruder saved by Abigail, and Tetsuo Kuramochi as a nymph, seemingly dropped to the city from another world. Abigail decides to put the folktale to the test, and finds herself in a bind as alien as the stories she reads to her clients.
Director Lee Isaac Chung (who made a splash internationally with his Rwanda-set debutMunyurangabo) resurrects this traditional Korean folktale in a strangely muted, quietly post-apocalyptic New York, bathing the characters in a lyricism that is not so much romantic as entranced by the possibility of love taking on new shapes. Plummer, with her big, frightened smiles, beautifully plays off Kuramochi’s blank stares. Her speech, like that of the film’s narrator, is hypnotic in its circularity and rarely rises louder than a whisper. ABIGAIL HARM mirrors the wandering yearnings of Plummer’s sleepwalking steps and shifting glances, opening its eyes and not knowing which reality is about to set in. –Brian Hu
Notes: *** -ABIGAIL HARM is a part of Pacific Arts Movement's 3rd Annual Spring Showcase (April 18th -25th). San Diego Arthouse Movies will be co-presenters of the film. -Director Leon Isaac Chung will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the movie. -Tickets will be available from me directly for a group discount price of $9. There are a total of 12 tickets available. RSVP limit will show 13 but I (Eric31) will not count against the ticket count. Please pay with cash the night of the event. -Check out the links and trailer below for more information.
We are here to enjoy a variety of Art House, Independent and Foreign Language films that usually have smaller budgets and limited release dates. If you tire of the usual multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster and seek movies with a little more risk and substance? This meetup group is up your aisle.
Landmark Theatres (Hillcrest Cinemas, La Jolla Village and the Ken Cinema), Reading Gaslamp and Digital Gym are the main destinations for the events. We will mix in other locations as well including various film festivals throughout the year.