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Journeys and Arrivals: The Films of Jeon Soo-il--Himalaya: Where the Wind Dwells 2008, Time Between Dog and Wolf 2005

Presented in association with the Korean Film Council and the UCLA Center for Korean Studies

Friday, January 15, 2010
7:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Over the last decade, South Korean writer-director Jeon Soo-il has earned an international reputation for highly personal films that explore the connections between identity and geography, art and being. An associate professor of film who studied in Pusan and Paris, Jeon is drawn to characters who find themselves unmoored from the spaces and relationships that define their lives. Businessmen, children and even film professors set out on journeys, both inward and outward, their final destinations always unknown. Much like his characters Jeon followed his own path in South Korean cinema, continuously honing his approach to combine a social realist edge with a powerfully minimalist style. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present Jeon’s first six features to Los Angeles audiences for the first time.

All films in Korean with English subtitles except where noted.
All films directed by Jeon Soo-il.

SCR: Jeon Soo-il. CAST: Choi Min-sik, Tsering Kipale Gurung, Tenjing Sherpa.

Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) brings his simmering intensity to a lonely South Korean businessman on a grim journey to Nepal, carrying the ashes of an illegal worker killed in his brother’s factory, to the man’s wife and child. Jeon strips the poignant story to its bare essentials to contemplate, as well, the stunning, rugged beauty of the Himalayas and its people.
35mm, color, in Korean, English and Nepali w/ English s/t, 95 min.

SCR: Jeon Soo-il. CAST: Kim Sung-jai, An Kil-kang.

Everyone is searching for something or someone in Jeon’s powerfully muted exploration of the divisions that mark contemporary South Korea. Stalled on a project, a film director agrees to accompany his cousin across the border to visit a long-lost family member in the North. When the reunion is suddenly cancelled, the director lingers on, attracted to a mysterious woman who draws him into her own private quest.
35mm, color, 110 min.

Open to the public.

Cost : Advance online tickets are available for $10 at General admission and student tickets are available at the window for $9 and $8 respectively.


Sponsor(s): , Film and Television Archive, Cin-Asie, KOFIC, Korean Cultural Center LA

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