Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

With a Girl of Black Soil

  • Jeon Soo-il /
  • South Korea, France /
  • 2007 /
  • 88 mins

Yu Yunmi, Jo Yungjin, Hyunwoo Park, Kang Sooyoun, Yim Jintaik, Yoo Soonchul / Fiction / korean

A South Korean drama infused with the honesty of NeoRealism and Truffaut’s humanism.

The short film Household Gods will be screened with all the showings of With a Girl of Black Soil.

While nine year old Yeonglim minds her mentally handicapped brother, her exminer father struggles to cope with the loss of his job, and a lack of compensation. Setting Truffaut’s respect for a child’s interiority within the landscapes and silences of South Korea’s economically dispossessed, Sooil’s film stands as a startlingly poetic exfoliation of South Korea’s perceived prosperity. A formal beauty as crisp as onyx in Inchon’s sunlight.

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