European Premiere

Film info

Director: Park Jung-bum
Cast: Park Jung-bum, Lee Seung-yeon, Park Myung-hun
Cert 18, 175mins, 2014


Official Selection International Competition

Official Selection
Jeonju International Film Festival 2014

A powerful chronicle of a simple laborer's epic scrape for survival, Alive is taut, riveting and visually striking”- The Hollywood Reporter

Following The Journals of Musan (also showing at this year’s festival), Park Jungbum’s epic sophomore film once again focuses on the marginalised people of Korean society and rages at the system that fails them. A feature of International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International FIlm Festival and TOKYO FILMeX amongst many others, Alive is the story of a labourer who strives to make ends meet for his family, but cannot seem to escape from a series of calamities. “Why can I never have anything?” he screams in despair. The many spectacular locations filmed in the rural Kangwon province provide a fitting background to the exasperated character and his daily struggle to survive. Like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh before him, Park’s films stir and call his audiences into action.

This screening will begin at 6:30pm, after which acclaimed director, writer and actor Park Jungbum will join us for a Q&A moderated by Guardian journalist Simran Hans.

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