May 08

A Young Korean Woman Navigates the Complexities of Modern Urban Solitude in ALONERS, a Thoughtful, Resonant Drama Premiering on VOD/Digital on 6/9 TRAILER

A YOUNG KOREAN WOMAN NAVIGATES THE COMPLEXITIESOF MODERN URBAN SOLITUDE IN A THOUGHTFUL AND RESONANT DRAMATHE FESTIVAL FAVORITE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT FROM HONG SEONG-EUN PREMIERES VIA VOD & DIGITALON JUNE 9, 2023“An introspective film, simultaneously gripping and melancholy but punctuated by moments of humor, Aloners is a stirring portrait of the cages we build for ourselves—and questions how and when we may want to be free of them.”– Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Ms. Magazine “Bolstered by a layered and subtle performance of Gong, Aloners is a compelling snapshot of modern daily life for many in Korea and around the world.”– Rachel Ho, That Shelf “[A]cute character observation, impressive directorial control and a strong performance from lead actress Gong Seung-yeon. “– Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily “In one of the most complex and intriguing performances of 2021, Gong keeps us guessing about what Jin-na is really thinking and feeling.”– Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film “This subtle, but effective vision of loneliness is wholly emotional and relatable, especially now. Featuring a powerful central performance, it marks a stellar directorial debut from Hong Seong-eun.”– Kristy Strouse, Film InquirySYNOPSIS    Jina (Gong Seung-yeon) is the top employee at a call center, but despite talking to customers all day, she has shut out the world beyond her headset; she lives alone, eats alone, sleeps alone, and her cell phone is her constant companion. When one day she’s tasked with training a friendly and naive new hire (Jung Da-eun), her icy armor is threatened. At the same time, she must navigate an incessantly ingratiating new neighbor, and increasingly urgent phone calls from her father, leaving Jina teetering on the edge of an existential crisis, forcing her to confront why she has isolated herself all these years. Riffing on the Korean ‘honjok’ – a phenomenon of young people who live alone and skirt social interaction – to examine the personal traumas of loss and alienation, this subtly poetic directorial debut is a “stirring portrait of the cages we build for ourselves and questions how and when we may want to be free of them,” (Ms. Magazine).SELECT FESTIVALS/AWARDS & NOMINATIONS CinemAsia Film Festival (2022) |Won, Jury Award, Best FilmAsian Film Awards (2021) |Nom., Best Newcomer (Gong Seung-Yeon)Golden Horse Film Festival (2021) |NETPAC Award, Best Asian FilmSan Sebastian Int’lFilm Festival |Nominated, New Directors AwardTorino Film Festival (2021) | Winner, Best Actress; Nom., Best FilmZurich Film Festival (2021) |Nom. Golden Eye, Best Int’l Feature Film FOR ALONERS ASSETS, GO HERE ALONERS (2021)Written & Directed by: Hong Sung-eunCast: Gong Seung-yeon, Jung Da-eun, Seo Hyun-woo, Park Jeong-hak, Kim Hannah                                                 Produced by: Lee Seung-wonCinematography by: Youngki ChoiGenre: World Cinema/DramaRT: 91 minutesAspect Ratio: 1.85: 1Sound: 2.0 StereoLanguage: Korean with English Subtitles      Screening links and DVDs available; to request, or to schedule an interview, please contact: Michael KrauseFoundry Communications(212) 586-7967| mkrause@foundrycomm.comAbout Film Movement Founded in 2002, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide. Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Lee Isaac Chung, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Ang Lee, Eric Rohmer, Luchino Visconti, Stanley Kwan, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, King Hu, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit Visit for more information about Film Movement Plus, Film Movement’s critically lauded streaming subscription service. Recently, Film Movement has acquired STAY WITH US, Gad Elmaleh’s conversion comedy, the feature documentary, ART TALENT SHOW, the Proxima Grand Prix Award winner at the 2022 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Wen Shipei’s brooding noir, ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?, a 2021 Cannes Camera d’Or nominee, Kamila Andini’s Indonesian period drama BEFORE, NOW & THEN, winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Supporting Performance at the 2022 Berlinale, Hà Lệ Diễm’s CHILDREN OF THE MIST, winner of the Best International Feature Award at DocAviv, official Cannes selection THE NIGHT OF THE 12TH, an atmospheric French crime thriller helmed by multi-Palme d’Or nominee Dominik Moll, and RETURN TO DUST, Lui Ruijun’s 2022 Golden Bear nominee.