Director: July Jung
Country: South Korea
Language(s): Korean with English subtitles
Runtime: 119 min
Festival year: 2015
A brilliant, gritty and complex psychodrama that received a three-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, this powerful film by writer-director July Jung presents a stunning reflection on immigration, rural life, addiction and abuse—and the heartbreak of finding no safe refuge in family or law. Young-Nam, an outsider with an unspoken scandal, is sent from Seoul to a small village to take over as police chief, and is soon drawn into the personal dramas of the locals. When her ex-lover arrives, Young-Nam’s defense of a girl in the town becomes suspect. Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, Sense8), revered as one of the best actors of our time and a “performer who can convey everything that needs to be said,” is luminous in her portrayal of a woman stubbornly seeking justice, even as she drinks a little too much shoju on the side. Kim Sae-ron is also exceptional as Dohee, capably maneuvering extremely satisfying plot twists while embodying the brutality she’s lived through at the hands of her father. A beautifully done, sometimes disturbing, and ultimately exquisite film, July Jung’s A Girl at My Door captures the fantasies and hopes of two people finding hard-won redemption.
Wednesday August 19, 7:00pm | Post-film Q&A with Director:
July Jung’s first feature film, A Girl at My Door premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three awards including the Queer Palm, the Golden Camera, and the Un Certain Regard Award. She studied at Sungkyunkwan University and the Korea National University of Arts. She made a name for herself through her short films A Man under the Influenza, 11, and The Dog That Came into My Flashlight. She won Best New Director at the 51st Paeksang Arts Awards.
Workshop: From Script to Screen: Masterclass with July Jung
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