|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (28)|
|Asian Spectrum: The Coming of Age in Asian Women Filmmaking (16)||Polemics: The Constellation of the Violence against Women (12)|
|Actress, Muse with a Movie Camera (7)||Queer Rainbow: Queer×Feminism (10)|
|Open Cinema (5)||Special Screening: Technology and Gender – Virtual Present, Actual Future (2)|
|NAWFF AWARD 2012 (1)||Asian Short Film & Video Competition (18)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Talk! Talk! Wings Grow (5)|
|Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening / Promise for 10 Years (3)|
Synopsis Program Note
Upon hearing about her fiance Ji-hoon’s accident, Sun-joo goes to the hospital and runs into So-ra, her friend from middle school. Sun-joo finds out that So-ra is the author of a new book that will soon be published by Ji-hoon’s publishing company, and she is engulfed in a sense of inexplicable anxiety. When Sun-joo learns of the business trip that Ji-hoon and So-ra are to go on together, she lies to So-ra and accompanies her in place of Ji-hoon. At their destination, Sun-joo and So-ra meet Jung-eun, who is their friend Yeo-eun’s older sister. Due to an unexpected accident on their way back home, Sun-joo and So-ra find themselves spending the night at Jung-eun’s place. There, they face the memories that had long been forgotten.
Grape Candy is the recipient of the Artreon Award, which is awarded to the best project in the feature film category of the IWFFIS Pitch&Catch program. It is a film that illuminates women’s states of mind and daily lives in detail, which is Director KIM Hee-jung’s strength. Sun-joo, a bank teller in her early 30s, is engaged to Ji-hoon, who works at a publishing company. Her ordinary life is disrupted with the apperarance of So-ra, her middle school friend and begins to be rife with uncertainty and guilt.
Grape Candy is a coming-of-age film for a woman in her 30s that follows the psychological states of three different women. Unsettled emotions and relationships within the realm of memory where the past and the present have merged, and unhealed wound return to daily life like ghosts. To those who live on, ignoring the mistakes and wounds from the past that should be addressed, the film shows a way to look directly at the past and embrace the wounds. The camera follows the emotional passage of the women as they mature through the process of hurting others and being hurt, and in this way, leaves a lingering impression. [HONG So-in]
KIM HeejungKIM Heejung
After studying at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, KIM Heejung made her first feature film The Wonder Years (2007), the story of a girl who embarks on a journey to find her real mother. The film focuses on the troubled identity of a person who longs for something that doesn’t belong to her. Her second feature, Grape Candy (2011) is a rumination of memories which dominate the present. Her third feature Snow Paths (2015) is the story of a man attempting to overcome trauma who is sent to a Catholic sanatorium for alcoholism, and meets a nun who can spiritually commune with dead souls. Her latest feature, A French Woman follows the delirium of a woman who confronts her painful past through a mysterious time gate.