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a man and a woman standing and sitting in a bamboo forest.

SFFILM Festival


Directed by Byun Sung-bin

South Korea | 114

15 Apr
Sat, Apr 15 at 2:30 pm PT
22 Apr
Sat, Apr 22 at 8:30 pm

Guests Expected

Byun Sung-bin


After the death of her father, Myung makes a pilgrimage to her hometown to lead her father’s funeral ritual, decades after she left in the face of family and community transphobia. Now a professional Waack dancer, Myung seeks to use her coming inheritance to fund her transition. As part of her homecoming, Myung helps her cousin come out and contend with his homophobic parents. A masterfully shot debut feature, Peafowl follows Myung as she confronts her relationship with her family and finds her personal style of dancing.

Director Byun Sung-bin

Byun Sung-bin makes his feature debut with Peafowl. He previously made the shorts Horn (2014), The Chicken of Wuzuh (2015), Hands and Wings (2019), and God’s Daughter Dances (2020), winner of the audience award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.



Film Details

Language Korean

Original Language Title 공작새

Year 2022

Premiere North American

Runtime 114

Country South Korea

Director Byun Sung-bin

Producer Byun Sung-bin, Yoon Suk-chan

Writer Byun Sung-bin

Editor Lee Young-hoo

Cinematographer Kim Hae-in

Music Casepeat

Cast Hae-jun, Kim U-gyeom

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.