Mise-en-scene Shorts 2 + Introduction
Selected from the 17th Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival
Tail - Civil servant Jong-hak takes pride in helping to resettle North Korean refugees. He also takes pride in his secret job as a spy, identifying family members of the refugees who helped and would be put to death. When he discovers that none of these reports have been sent, he is devastated that his hard work, even if it mean the death of dozens, has been in vain. Tail is a powerful story of the price of loyalty.
Hysteria - Following a mental breakdown and a stay in a hospital, Hye-ju is retrieved by her family. The brother wants to return to childish games, and the parents want to act as if nothing is wrong -but Hye-ju cannot hide her frustration. Tension builds in everything that is unspoken: the truth behind the image of the ‘happy’ nuclear family, and the cause of Hye-ju’s breakdown, lead to a harsh words, and harsher actions, that will have devastating consequences.
Passing Over the Hill - An elderly woman spends her days improving her literacy, collecting empty bottles, and reading poetry by her late son. She decides to find the locations of one poem, venturing into Seoul and tracing its path like the lines on the page. In experiencing the poem as it was written, she hopes to find some lost traces of her son; instead, she finds it through a young woman whose own love of the poetry evokes a different kind of memorial connection.
Picturehouse Central, 07 Nov 2018 8:45 pm
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Mise-en-scene Shorts 1 + Introduction
Picturehouse Central, 06 November 2018, 6:30 pm