Official Selection


European Premiere

Coming Home Again

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Coming Home Again
Director: Wayne Wang
Country: USA, South Korea
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:26
Language: English, Korean
Producer: Donald Young
Screenwriter: Wayne Wang, Chang-rae Lee
DoP: Richard Wong
Editor: Deirdre Slevin, Ashley Pagan
Cast: Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, John Lie
Production: A CAAM Production, A Wong Chon Wang Film


Based on a personal New Yorker essay by award-winning author Chag-rae Lee, Coming Home Again - the latest film by Wayne Wang - is a deeply touching drama exploring issues central to the family, cultural legacy and the unfathomable emotional bond connecting mother and son.

Chang-rae (Justin Chon) has left years ago to attend school and has lived ever since removed from his family, his roots seemingly forgotten, maybe even forsaken, but now that his mother is slowly dying of stomach cancer, he feels the urge to abandon his writing job and sophisticated New York life, to return to San Francisco to take care of her.

Memories, affection and communication for Chang-Rae, as it is often the case in Asian cultures, are deeply connected to food, so his unspoken words of love end up locked within the simple, precise gestures he makes while, following his mother's cherished recipes, he cooks Korean dishes for New Year’s – loving care being the secret ingredient which will reconcile him with guilt and the time forever lost.

Giovanna Fulvi


Wayne Wang (b. 1949) educated in US colleges, he has been a pioneer among Asian-American filmmakers, providing a unique voice on issues of identity, immigration and assimilation. Many of his films became a surprise big hit in the United States and later a worldwide box-office success like “The Joy Luck Club” and “Smoke” which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale and went to become one of the most beloved films in cinema history. After the Hollywood success with “Maid in Manhattan” he went back to his Chinese roots to shoot a film a Chinese theme, “A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers” which won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2007. “Coming Home Again” is Wang’s 22. full-length feature film.
Director's filmography: Valik/Selected: Dim Sum Take Out (1988), The Joy Luck Club (1993), Smoke (1995), Blue in the Face (1995), Anywhere But Here (1999), The Center of the World (Maailma keskpaik, PÖFF 2001), Princess of Nebraska (2007), A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), Soul of a Banquet (2014), Coming Home Again (2019)
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    Sat, November 23, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 091901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:26
    Language: English, Korean

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 100101
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Jean Noh
    Screening duration: 01:56
    Language: English, Korean

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Kino Artis, Saal 1, Tallinn

    Screening code: 161502
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:26
    Language: English, Korean






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