After a warmly received World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the acclaimed South Korean comedy-drama The Poet and the Boy is coming to DVD in October. This debut feature from filmmaker Kim Yang-hee stars actor/director Yang Ik-June, Jeon Hye-Jin and young Korean heart-throb and rising star Jung Ga-Ram.
A moving, and often funny tale, The Poet and the Boy tells the story of a struggling poet in his late 30s who has spent all his life in a small island town, living off of his hard-working wife. Despite his wife’s constant nagging about having a family – and his inability to carry his share of the weight in their relationship – all he does is think about his writing. One day, the poet meets a teenage boy working at a doughnut shop and helplessly develops feelings he has never had before, leading to both dramatic and comedic consequences.
The film is being distributed by the respected indie distributor Altered Innocence, whose previous releases have included such acclaimed titles as Sleeping Giant, Brothers of the Night and A Closer Walk with Thee. They’re a unique distribution outlet specializing in youth and LGBTQ coming-of-age films.