The award-winning indie coming-of-age drama Spa Night opens in limited theatrical release next month from Strand Releasing. Writer/director Andrew Ahn's debut feature tells the story of one Korean American family's dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition.
I attended the world premiere of Spa Night at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance for lead actor Joe Seo. The film also recently took home the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT film festival. It's an incredible, heartfelt, deeply personal film.
Here's the official Spa Night trailer, which just premiered on Vulture:
You know how we always talk about wanting to see and tell more stories in film and television that reflect our community's experiences? Spa Night does it for me. There are few films that have told an Asian American immigrant narrative with such honesty and authenticity. I can't recommend this movie enough.
Spa Night will open on August 19 at the Metrograph in New York City, and on August 26 at the Sundance Cinemas in Los Angeles. For further information about the film, follow updates on Facebook.