Kathy (Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight- year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye), to Kathy late sister house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody de- velops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe, Tony winner and longtime acting legend Brian Dennehy) the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer and with Del's encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home
About the Director/Writer:
Andrew Ahn is a Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His second feature DRIVEWAYS, written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, produced by Symbolic Exchange, stars Brian Dennehy and Hong Chau. His first feature film SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in US Dramatic Competition. The film's lead actor Joe Seo won a Special Jury Award at the festival for Breakthrough Performance. The film went on to win the 2017 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and was distributed by Strand Releasing. Ahn participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab with the project.
Cast & Crew:
Director: Andrew Ahn
Screenwriter: Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen
Cast: Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Brian Dennehy
Producers: Nicolaas Bertelsen, Joe Pirro
Executive Producers: Lee Broda, Lee Broda, Avy Eschenasy, Jenny Halper, Hal 'Corky' Kessler, Brian LaMacchia, Gabriel Napora
Cinematographer: Ki Jin Kim
Section: US Narrative Feature Competition
Length: 83 minutes
Berlin Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
"Driveways [is] that uncommon and all-too-welcome gift - like some kind of fragile wildflower, emerging tentatively through cracks in the concrete: a film about kindness."
Peter Debruge, Variety
"Andrew Ahn's Driveways [is] just the second film from a director who already shows signs of being America's closest approximation to Hirokazu Kore-eda."
-Marshall Shaffer, Crooked Marquee