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A MIDSUMMER'S FANTASIA (2014/HD/97min/bw&color)

Synopsis

A Korean Film director, Kim Taehoon plans to shoot his new film in a small local city called Gojo, Japan. He travels with his assistant director, Park Mijeong to do research prior to scriptwriting. They travel through several villages that are declining, and interview some local residents there. Most people say there is nothing special about Gojo. Along the way, Kim and Park meet a municipal official, Yusuke and a middle-aged man, Kenji, and are deeply impressed by their stories. The night before director Kim is to leave Japan, having a strange dream, he wakes up in the middle of night, and looks up at the night sky in Gojo.

Director’s statement

Proposed by a Japanese film director, Kwase Naomi, I was going to make my new feature in Nara prefecture, a small city in Japan. I was a stranger in a foreign neighborhood. This serene and desolate space made me ponder what kind of stories I could tell about. During my trip, I dropped by a small cafe an old couple was running for a long time. And this is where this movie starts. A municipal official who showed me around the town and his short love story, a 50-something-year-old bachelor who came back to his hometown to take care of his lone mother... I gathered various stories about people I met on the road and wrote them in my travel journal. The movie is a sort of record of my travel.

Awards

2013 Hong Kong-Asian Film Financing Forum Wouter Barendrecht Award
2013 KOFIC International Co-Production Support Program
2014 KOFIC Independent Film Post-Production Support Program
2015 KOFIC International Distribution Material Production Support Program
19th Busan International Film Festival DGK(Directors Guild of Korea) Award​ (2014, South Korea)​
40th Seoul Independent Film Festival Special Mention​ (2014, South Korea)​
3th Muju Film Festival New Vision Award (2015, South Korea)
3th Muju Film Festival Jeonbuk Critic Forum Award (2015, South Korea)
35th The Korean Association of Film Critics FIPRESCI Award (2015, ​South ​Korea)
16th Asiatica Film Mediale MIGLIOR Film Award (2015, Italy)
16th The Busan Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Award (2015, South Korea)
2015 Best Korean Independent Film (The Association Korean Independent Film & Video)
3th Wildflower Film Awards Best Cinematography (2016, South Korea)

Screenings

3th Nara International Film Festival-Opening Film (2014, Japan)
19th Busan International Film Festival “Korean Cinema Today-Vision” (2014, South Korea)
40th Seoul Independent Film Festival-Competition (2014, South Korea)
44th International Film Festival Rotterdam-Spectrum (2015, Nederland)
38th Göteborg International Film Festival-Japan Focus (2015, Sweden)
39th Hong Kong International Film Festival–Indie Power (2015, China)
2015 Silk Road Film Festival–Competition (2015, Ireland)
4th Toronto Korean Film Festival (2015, Canada)
20th Independent Film & Video Makers' Forum (2015, South Korea)
Freer & Sackler Gallery, Washington "2015 Korean Film Festival" (2015, USA)
3th Muju Film Festival-Competition (2015, South Korea)
21th Los Angeles Film Festival-World Fiction Competition (2015, USA)
5th Sakhalin International Film Festival (2015, Russia)
1th Bogota International Film Festival (2015, Colombia)
11th Zurich Film Festival (2015, Switzerland)
10th Festival du Film Coréen à Paris (2015, France)
10th London Korean Film Festival (2015, UK)
30th Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata (2015, Argentina)
15th South Taiwan Film Festival-Opening Film (2015, Taiwan)
16th Asiatica Film Mediale Festival-Competition (2015, Italy)
1th Wascow Korean Film Festival (2015, Poland)
30th Takasaki Film Festival (2016, Japan)

SLEEPLESS NIGHT (2012/HD/65min/color)

Synopsis

Hyunsoo and Joohee in their 30s have been married for 2 years. Hyunsoo is working for a anchovy processing factory, and Joohee is a Yoga trainer. Their wedding anniversary is coming in a few days.

Director’s Statement

Since I met my love, got married, and decided to have a baby together, small ripples were formed in my everyday life. I wanted to talk about my present life and space around it. This is a diary of a young couple, a movie of their snap shots, and a story of their fear and determination.

Awards

2012 KOFIC Independent Film Post-Production Support Program
2012 KOFIC Diversity Films Distribution Support Program
13th Jeonju International Film Festival - Grand prize for Korean Film (2012, South Korea)
13th Jeonju International Film Festival - Audience Award (2012, South Korea)
66th Edinburgh International Film Festival - The Student Critics Award (2012, UK)
34th Festival des 3 Continents - Special Mention of Jury (2012, France)

Screenings

Independent Film& Video Makers' Forum (2012, South Korea)
6th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival : CinDi (2012, South Korea)
12th INDIE 2012 WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (2012, Brazil)
2th Nara International Film Festival (2012, Japan)
31th Vancouver International Film Festival (2012, Canada)
25th Tokyo International Film Festival (2012, Japan)
13th San Diego Asian Film Festival (2012, USA)
7th The London Korean Film Festival (2012, UK)
27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2012, Argentina)
38th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2012, South Korea)
15th International Randevu Istanbul Film Festival (2012, Turkey)
MOMI(Museum of The Moving Image, NY)-First Look (2013, USA)
42th International Film Festival Rottredam (2013, Netherlands)
11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (2013, Ireland)
37th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2013, Hong Kong)
27th Festival International de Films de Fribourg (2013, Switzerland)
5th CPH:PIX Film Festival (2013, Denmark)
Freer& Sackler Gallery, Washington "2013 Korean Film Festival" (2013, USA)
7th OFF PLUS CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema (2013, Poland)
Korean Cultural Office, Australia "Cinema on the Park-Korean Film Night" (2013, Australia)
MoMA(The Museum of Modern Art, NY) (2013, USA)
11th Vladivostok International Film Festival (2013, Russia)
Tashkent International Film Forum (2013, Uzbekistan)
23th Films From The South Festival (2013, Norway)
37th Sao Paulo International Film Festival (2013, Brazil)
7th Gyeongnam Independent Film Festival (2013, South Korea)
15th Geneva International Independent Film Festival (2014, Switzerland)

EIGHTEEN (2009/HD/95min/color)

Synopsis

Tae-hoon and Mi-j​eo​ng are both eighteen and in love. During winter break they go to the beach to celebrate their 100 days together as a couple. But once they come back from their trip, they are forced by their parents to never see each other until they become college students. Mi-j​eo​ng begins to avoid Tae-hoon afterwards. And Tae-hoon begins to wander around Mi-j​eo​ng. Winter turns to spring, and Tae-hoon and Mi-j​eo​ng both turn nineteen.

Director's Statement

There was a time when the world was full of restrictions but you couldn’t do much about it. This film is dedicated to my high school years: a time when I madly loved someone, but things just didn’t go my way. I have finally come to terms with my past. Rest in peace, my teenage years.

Awards

2007 Seoul Film Commission Independent Film Production Support Program
2007 Gyeonggi Film Commission Independent Film Production Support Program
2007 KOFIC Independent Film Production Support Program
2008 KOFIC Subtitle Translation and Print Production Support Program
28th Vancouver International Film Festival - Dragons &Tigers Award (2009, Canada)
35th Seoul Independent Film Festival - Independent Star Award (2009, South Korea)
45th Pesaro International Film Festival - Nouvo Cinema Award (2010, Italy)
1th Anaheim International Film Festival - Best Feature Film (2010, USA)

Screenings

4th The London Korean Film Festival (2009, UK)
39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010, Netherlands)
35th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2010, Hong Kong)
12th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (2010, Argentina)
2th CPH:PIX Film Festival (2010, Denmark)
28th Filmfest Muenchen (2010, German)
27th Jerusalem International Film Festival (2010, Israel)
MoMA(The Museum of Modern Art, NY) "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" (2010, USA)
12th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010, South Korea)
20th Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival (2010, Japan)
14th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (2010, Canada)
Korean Cultural Office, Australia "Cinema on the Park-Korean Film Night" (2013, Australia)