Archive of films Snow Paths / Seol haeng
2015, 100 min
Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
A young alcoholic arrives for treatment at a convent-cum-sanatorium run by nuns. After falling in love with one of them he quickly realizes that the signs of saintliness she evinces betray that she is no ordinary woman. This dark, dramatic, and dreamlike picture was premiered at Korea’s Jeonju IFF.
Jeong-woo is an alcoholic who has been admitted to a Christian convent for treatment. Although not normally permitted, his mother arranged an exemption that allows him to spend the winter there. As the only patient, he soon succumbs to a sense of loneliness – the convent’s strict rules do not offer much in the way of stimulation and he fails to become friends with the nuns. Eventually, however, one of them grows close to him. But Maria is no ordinary individual. She has visionary dreams and betrays signs of saintliness. Eventually, a second patient is admitted – a strange hunter who violates the convent’s rules and leads Jeong-woo down the wrong path. This dark, dramatic and enigmatic film is set within the cheerless confines of the convent’s walls, the snowy forests, and the urban landscape. Audiences are allowed ample room for interpreting the plot and the characters’ motivations on their own.
About the director
Kim Hee-jung (b. 1970, Seoul, South Korea) studied acting and directing at various art schools in Seoul, and later graduated from Poland’s National Film School in Łódź (1996-2001). She started out making short films, some of which were well-received at international festivals, including Warsaw, Edinburgh, Chicago and Busan. Her feature-length debut The Wonder Years (Yeol-se-sal soo-ah, 2007) was shot with support from the Cannes film festival, and her second film Grape Candy (Chung podo satang, 2012) was shown at the Warsaw IFF. Her latest work, Snow Paths (2015), was premiered at South Korea’s Jeonju festival.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Out of Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Park Jung-hun, Jeon Hong-kyu|
|Art Director:||Kim Seung-kyeong|
|Production:||INSTER Invent Stone copr.|
|Cast:||Kim Tae-hun, Park So-dam, Choi Mu-seong|