Dust and Ashes
축복의 집

South Korea201978 minKorean with English SubtitlesNorth American PremiereDrama, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Thriller

Unfolding over a tumultuous three days, Dust And Ashes is a quiet thriller following a grieving Hae-su, forced to learn and navigate the system in order to collect insurance after the death of her mother. Overworked, underpaid, and facing eviction, Hae-su takes desperate measures in order to escape impoverishment.

In his enigmatic directorial debut, Park Hee-kwon confronts the aftermath of death just as he does the act of living: with method and process. He steeps the bureaucracy of dying in intensity, slowly burning away the mystery surrounding Hae-su and the social injustices faced by the underclass in contemporary South Korea. Actress Ahn So-yo (seen in Albert Shin’s 2014 In Her Place) carries the grief as if it is her own—delivering a performance of few words but nonetheless affecting and steadfast in its resolve.

– Roxanne Fernandes


Ahn So-yo
Lee Kang-ji
Kim Na-young
Kim Jae-rok


Jeonju International Film Festival 2020
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2020

Cinesend Best First Feature Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director Bio

Park Hee-kwon

Park Hee-kwon has been a screenwriter for various comedy and disaster genre works such as Manners In Battle and The Flu. In 2011, his short film Neighbors criticized the high suicide rate in South Korea. Dust and Ashes is his feature-film debut.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

The first 100 tickets to this screening are FREE thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. Limited quantities, get yours today!



CW: Death or dying, Suicide


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Bonus content!

Ticket holders can watch Reel Asian Programmer June Kim's conversation with director Park Hee-kwon and actor Ahn So Yo on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

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