Archive of films The Bird Who Stops in the Air / Sae nun Pey sok sun eul g rin da

South Korea
1999, 106 min

Section: New Korean Cinema
Year: 2001


Kim teaches at a provincial film school and is no favourite among the students. Different from other professors who help them find contacts and start their film careers, Kim is too focused on film itself and on making his own film, a desire which begins to merge with his longing to fly. He is slowly working on his own screenplay about the life of birds and doesn’t notice that his professional and personal lives are falling apart. Kim’s girlfriend, Young Hee, struggles with her fears about the future and tries to interest her lover in their relationship. Her efforts have as much effect on him as a one night stand or college dance. Yet he does accompany Young Hee on a trip to her hometown, though he is plainly becoming ever more estranged from the human world.

About the director

Jeon Soo Il (b. 1959) studied theatre and film at universities in Paris-VII and Pusan, where he currently teaches. He debuted in 1986 with the short film Color of Sound. The Wind Echoing in My Being (1997) was his feature debut.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: New Korean Cinema
Director: Jeon Soo Il
Screenplay: Jeon Soo Il, Lee Jeong Ae
Dir. of Photography: Kim Dae Jun, Hwang Chul Hyun
Music: Rainysun
Editor: Park Soon Duk
Producer: Jeon Soo Il
Production: Dongnyuk Film
Cast: Sul Kuyung Gu, Kim So Hee, Lee Chung In

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