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PROJECT The French Woman (HD / color / 110min / Korea) NO 9
DIRECTOR KIM Hee-Jung
WRITER KIM Hee-Jung
PRODUCER YOO Byungok
PRODUCTION BARAMIBUNDA INC.
PROJECT STATUSScript Development
DIRECTOR - KIM Hee-Jung
She graduated from the Seoul Institute of the Arts Department of Playwriting in 1993 and admitted to ’Polish National Film School in Lodz’ in 1996. Her short film, The Appointment (2000) received the awards at Chicago International Film Festival and Krakow Student Film Festival. Her graduation film, Once...Someday (2001) was invited to the Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle. Her Killer’s Chicken Bar (2002) participated in NDIF program of Busan International Film Festival’s APM (aka. PPP). In 2005, she was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Residence in Paris program in 2005, and during that time completed the script for her first feature film, The Wonder Years (2007) in there. In 2007, she was rewarded the New Director Prize in Seoul International Film Festival. She completed her second feature film, Grape Candy (2012), was selected for the Moulin d’Ande in France and invited to the Tokyo FILMeX Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival. Snow Paths (2015), her most recent film, was supported and released through the Jeonju International Film Festival’s Jeonju Cinema Project(JCP). It was screened at several film festivals including Karlovy Vary, Göteborg, and the International Film Festival of India.
SYNOPSIS
Mira is in her mid-forties and has been living in Paris for more than twenty years. She has just divorced her French husband, Jean Pierre. After her divorce she decides to visit South Korea, since her translation work has dried up because of the terrorist attacks in Paris. In Seoul, Mira meets her friends. One, Sung-woo, she has not seen since she left Korea twenty years ago, but Young-eun, her other friend, she saw in Europe, since Young-eun is a film director and makes frequent trips there. Mira, Young-eun and Sung-woo gather together at a bar that was once owned by a famous actor Ahn Nae-sang, over twenty years ago. Mira goes to the toilet and when returns, time has reversed twenty years. Mira is the only one still in her forties, while Young-eun and Sung-woo are in their twenties. It is a farewell party for Mira, before she sets off for France, and Sung-woo gives Mira a book of poetry as a present. Young-eun, after drinking too much, hurts her leg after falling off a table while dancing. And so we begin to experience Mira’s chaotic experience of time and space. Jean Pierre appears in Seoul, they quarrel, and have sex. A parallel storyline shows Sung-woo’s long, unrequited love of Mira. In the end, Mira goes to the toilet to avoid Jean Pierre and his new girlfriend, Su-hee, whom she sees at a French restaurant. Suddenly, there is the sound of an explosion. We see Mira unconscious in a basement toilet after a terrorist attack on the restaurant. And so we wonder: what has Mira actually experienced and what is in her imagination?
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