Join us for a special screening of THE WORLD OF US (2016) with Director Yoon Ga-eun!
Monday, October, 2, 2017, 4 p.m. in the Cloobeck Screening Room, Digital Media Arts Center. Reception to follow.
Seating is first come.
*Best Youth Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016
*Best New Director, Blue Dragon Award 2016
This screening is organized as part of FS 353/443/543 Korean Cinema Today class but everyone is welcome to attend and interact with the director Yoon Ga-eun. The screening will start at 4 pm followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception at the DMAC conference room. We will screen her critically acclaimed short film Guest (2011) and her debut feature The World of Us (2016). Both film feature children.
About the Director Yoon Ga-eun:
YOON Ga-eun graduated from the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at the Korea National University of Arts. Director Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, Poetry) was her mentor at the school. She caught international attention when her first short film Guest (2011) won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival. Guest is a story about a sixteen-year-old girl pissed off with her dad’s affair. Yoon continues to work with children making her second short film Sprouts (2013) and her first feature film The World of Us (2016).
About the film The World of Us:
“Ga-eun YOON’s captivating debut feature about the friendship
between two ten year-old girls casts light on the social issues which
affect children in Korea, both in and out of the classroom.”
—Jason Bechervaise, Screen Daily
Made with a low-budget of $150,000, Yoon Ga-eun’s first feature film deals with the issue of bullying and friendship in an elementary school. Sun is a ten-year old girl who feels deeply uncomfortable at school. The other girls in class, particularly top student Bora, are mean to her, and there is no one she can count on to be her friend. Then, after the start of summer vacation, she meets Jia who just moved into her neighborhood and befriends her. However, the classroom dynamics between the girls complicates their friendship.
None of the child actors in the film had previously acted in a film; however, director Yoon manages to draw out highly natural performances from the girls. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. It won the best youth feature film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and numerous awards in Korea. Running time 94 min.
** We thank the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles for sponsoring the filmmaker visit.