Hot in Day, Cold at Night

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63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A young couple is having a hard time because of their poor circumstances. They are both desperately searching for work, but that is not easy, either. Meanwhile, the husband is about to lose the camera he has lent to his acquaintance, and the wife is cornered after borrowing private loans to take care of the household. Under the circumstances, something ugly will likely happen or come to a dead-end, but the film deals with this predicament with a completely unexpected attitude and wit. The couple’s conversation, facial expressions, movements, and postures, as well as the illumination and density of the screen that captures them, simultaneously create bizarre humor and lonesome emotions, absorbing the audience. Hot in Day, Cold at Night is a rare moral comedy that comforts the daily lives of poverty with a strange touch of laughter. In the last scene, the husband’s helpless giving up finally moves us. (Film at Lincoln Center)

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Park Song-yeol
Script: Park Song-yeol, Won Hyang-ra
Cinematography: Park Song-yeol
Editing: Park Song-yeol, Won Hyang-ra
Sound: Park Song-yeol, Ryu Han-gyu
Actors: Won Hyang-ra, Park Song-yeol, Shin Won-woo, Lee Ji-yeon
Production: Saranghaja
Producers: Won Hyang-ra
Co-producers: Park Song-yeol
Executive producer: Won Hyang-ra
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Republic of Korea
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 90'
Contact: Park Song-yeol
Awards/Distinctions: Critics Award & KBS Independent Film Award – Busan IFF 2021

Park Song-yeol

Park Songyeol was born in Seongnam, South Korea, In 1981, he made his first short film after graduating from the Department of Film at Yongin University. The film was invited to the Jeonju International Film Festival, the Seoul Independent Film Festival, and the Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival. Park later made a feature film, titled Can We Just Love (2018), which deals with the daily lives of a pair of lovers. It was the closing film of Indieforum and it won the Best Award at the Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival 2018. Hot in Day, Cold at Night is his second film.


2018 Can We Just Love
2021 Hot in Day, Cold at Night