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서울국제여성영화제

사이트맵

The Widow

PARK Nam-ok

  • Korea
  • 1955
  • 75min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • b&w
  • Fiction

The Widow is the first and last film of Korea’s first female filmmaker PARK Nam-ok, who passed away in 2017. This film had been forgotten for a long time until it was screened as the opening film of the 1st Seoul International Women’s Film Festival in 1997. The picture of PARK Nam-ok with a child on her back testifies to the challenges she had to face in order to continue with both childcare and work—which echoes Shinjas agony, The Widow’s main character. The film starts with the subtitles reading: “There was a widow in the neighborhood. She was a sunflower even in the face of hardship.” Behind the subtitles, Shinja young daughter stands awkwardly. To Shinja, was her daughter the hardship or the sun the sunflower looks at? Shinja loves Taek and dreams of a new life with him, but she’s constantly reminded of the daughter who is all alone. At first glance, it seems like Shin is struggling between her role as a mother and her desire to love, but the two options are not contradictory. In fact, both her daughter and lover are two challenging desires for Shinja. She needs money to raise her child, so often leaves her alone. She doesn’t want to risk chasing after love, when her lover has other women. So either way, Shinja is engulfed with desires that cannot be fully satisfied. The Widow by PARK Nam-ok is a film by the first Korean female director, as well as a women’s film that thoroughly explores the desire of post-war Korean women instead of objectifying them. [SOHN Irhe]

This film is free screening. (No English subtitles provided.)
Tickets are given at the box office on the same day of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
212 2019-08-31 | 12:30 - 13:45 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 7 PE
415 2019-09-02 | 17:00 - 18:15 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5

Director

  • PARK Nam-ok
    Born in 1923, Hayang, North Gyeongsang, Park Nam-ok is Korea’s first female director. After she dropped out of Ewha Women’s University, she worked as a reporter in Daegu. She first stepped into the film industry as an editor and script supervisor in Chosun movie film production company. Her debut film The Widow describes the realities and conflicts that post-war widows had to endure with keen insight. The film was favorably received thanks to the tricky angles only possible to a female director, and the tempo of events which were clear and likable.

Credit

  • Producer전창근
  • Cast 이민자, 이택균
  • Screenwriter 이보라
  • Cinematography 김영순
  • Editor 박남옥
  • Music 조백봉

WORLD SALES

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