Gina Kim’s five feature-length films and works of video art have screened at more than 80 prestigious international film festivals and venues, including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Sundance and Venice, as well as MoMA, the Smithsonian and the Pompidou Centre. Le Figaro described Kim as, “a fearless feminist who conceals an extreme sensitivity.” Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “deeply introspective and accomplished art film,” Film Comment selected Invisible Light (2003) as one of the 10 best films of 2003.
Starring Ha Jung-woo and Vera Farmiga, Never Forever (2007) was the first co-production between the United States and South Korea. Kim was subsequently nominated in the Best New Director category at the Motion Picture Association of Korea’s Daejong Film Awards (the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards) in 2007 and was awarded the Jury Prize at Deauville American Film Festival in 2007.
Final Recipe (2013) was the opening film in the Culinary Cinema sections at both the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2013 and Berlin International Film Festival in 2014, and the opening film at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2013 and the USA Film Festival in 2015. The Hollywood Reporter said Kim “conjures a non-exotic piece out of a territory-trotting narrative, where every place is made to seem like home.” The film will be distributed in the German language territory, Italy, Latin America, the Middle East, Spain, Switzerland and the former Yugoslavia. It will also be released theatrically in the United States, Korea and China.
Born in 1970, Kim Seonah is the producer and writer of Paradise Lost. She is also the president of Crayon film, and a professor of film production at Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content. From 1995 to 2007, she produced several well-received films with production and distribution company Sidus FNH, such as One Fine Spring Day (Hur Jin-ho, 2001), Save the Green Planet! (Jang Joon-hwan, 2003), and Rikidozan (Song Hae-sung, 2004), after which she established Crayon film. Recently, she has been developing and co-producing the film My Angel, currently in post-production and expected to be released in Korea soon.
Yoonhee leads a tough life as single mother to her 15-year-old son, Junsoo. One day, she receives a strange message from a man who is close to death, saying that he would like to leave her his life insurance money; a sum of $300,000. Frightened by this bizarre message, Yoonhee takes Junsoo and returns to Sangtan city, her recently re-developed hometown, for the first time in 15 years. Sukju, who remained in Sangtan to work in real-estate, finds himself getting excited over her return. Yoonhee was his first love, and his marriage has long since lost its fire. Seonhee, Sukju's pregnant wife, suspects the love affair between them and is enraged. Meanwhile, Yoonhee decides to accept the insurance money so that she can begin a new life with Sukju. But, she isn't the only one with eyes on the money. The insurance broker in charge, the man's step-daughter Hyemi, and her delinquent boyfriend, are going after the money, too. Yoonhee senses that the incident which caused her to flee her hometown 15 years earlier is somehow connected to this total stranger’s desire to leave her such a large sum of money. Now, she must face that memory, for the sake of her own happiness and Junsoo's future. All she has to do is give in to what he wants and agree to become the beneficiary before he dies. But, the insurance broker claims a cut in compensation for closing the deal, and Hyemi thinks she should be the sole beneficiary. As Yoonhee chases after the money, Seonhee chases after Yoonhee, trying to protect her marriage. She can never forgive her cheating husband and that despicable other woman. If they are hoping to leave as a couple, someone will have to pay with their life.