Last night the festival celebrated its Centerpeice Gala film, July Jung’s A Girl at My Door (Dohee-Ya). Beforehand, festivalgoers and organizers convened for a catered reception in the Vancouver Playhouse. The theatre was packed, filling quickly when doors opened at 6:30pm. Before the screening, Interim Executive Director Metha Brown proudly announced that, at this midway point, the festival was over halfway to meeting its goal of $20,000 in donations. (Help us reach this goal–donate here!) Jung, the writer and director of A Girl at My Door, was present to introduce the film in Korean while Jo Shin, Out On Screen’s former Marketing Coordinator, translated.

Jung’s first feature film, A Girl at My Door is a gorgeously composed portrait of isolation, hypocrisy, and power. Driven by close-ups and phenomenal acting, the film begins with police chief Young-Nam, played by Doona Bae of Cloud Atlas and Sense8 fame, settling into a small fishing village on the heels of a scandal in Seoul. When the Chief meets Dohee (Kim Sae-ron), a young girl and the town’s scapegoat who suffers abuse at the hands of relatives, she uses her position of power to protect the child, but her sense of justice disrupts the town’s strained equilibrium and sets the drama in motion. A Girl at My Door is an intense tale of violence, domestic abuse, and homophobia that Jung treats deftly with the aid of the two main actors’ performances. a girl at my door still Craig Takeuchi of The Georgia Straight led the Q&A that followed the screening. During the interview, Jung talked about her experience working with the Bae and Sae-ron, who both did the film pro bono because they believed in the project. Jung also spoke about LGBT rights in South Korea and the slowly changing social landscape.

Next screening of A Girl At My Door: Sat Aug 22, 9:00pm at SFU GCA See all the photos from the night in our Galleries! By Guest Blogger Adèle Barclay