30.09. - 09.10.2021

The First Lap South Korea 2017 | 101 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Kim Dae-hwan

KIM DAE-HWAN (*1985 studied film and media design in Seoul. His debut feature End of Winter won the prize for young talent at the Busan festival. The First Lap is his second film and won the prize for best young director in Locarno.


rated for 0 + years
Ji-young works at a TV channel, her boyfriend Su-hyeon lectures in art. They've lived together for six years and are fundamentally happy in their more or less stable relationship. This changes when Ji-young senses that she's pregnant and the question of starting a family comes up. The pair set out together to visit their families, Ji-young's bourgeois parents and Su-hyeon's dysfunctional clan in the provinces. The First Lap portrays the couple's search for the core of their relationship and in almost naturalistic pictures examines the growing self-confidence of a young generation in terms of traditional family ideals, but without losing its light touch.
Original title: Cho-haeng
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Korean
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Kim Dae-hwan
Screenplay: Kim Dae-hwan
Cast: Cho Hyun-chul, Kim Sae-byuk
Producer: Jang Woo-Jin, Lee Im-Gul
Director of Photography: Son Jing-Young
Production Design: Jung Bo-ran
Editor: Kim Dae-hwan
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: M-Line Distribution
Production: Bomnaefilms
Contact: Jamie Seo, M-Line Distribution:


Filmfest Hamburg gGmbH | Mönckebergstraße 18 | D-20095 Hamburg
Tel. +49 40 399 19 00 0 | Fax. +49 40 399 19 00 10