We present a list of 10 Films you can’t miss at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) that is taking place from September 29th – October 4th in Seoul, South Korea.
Boy Meets Girl by Jang Eun-yeon – South Korea | 2015 – 70 min.
Ha-jin, a North Korean middle school girl, comes to South Korea to do homestay at the house of Woo-young who is same age with her. Losing his own room, Woo-young works on the project to send her back. However, he unintentionally falls in love with her and even runs away from home by leaving for Seoul to help Ha-jin who wants to meet her father. This makes them separate again but after a long wait, Woo-young’s pure and dearest wish comes true.
Trailer (No English Subtitles)
Flying Colors by Nobuhiro Doi – Japan | 2015 – 117 min.
Family Section – Korean Premiere
Sayaka Kudo is a 2nd grade high school student. She is a girl who wears miniskirts and has her hair dyed blonde. Even though she is a high school student, her actual academic grade level is on par with 4th grade elementary school students. During the summer vacation, Sayaka attends a private institution. There, she meets Teacher Tsubota. Besides her mother, Teacher Tsubota is the first adult to praise her. With the teacher’s support and encouragement, Sayaka begins to change, studying hard, and eventually decides to enter Keio University, the one of the best universities in Japan.
Trailer (English Subtitles)
Happy Mother’s Day by Anjuli Shukla – India| 2015 – 108 min.
Family Section – Asian Premiere
Vicky and Kaku the brother sister duo are two of a five-member family living a simple life in a small hilly town of Pragpur. Pradeep, their father, runs a small shop and aims to get a license to become a tourist guide to improve their income and Karuna, their mother contributes financially by taking tuitions. The senior most member of the family is Dadu, Pradeep’s father, who retired as a school teacher, and serves in the community center giving homeopathy treatment to people for free. The parents educate their children in the only English medium school available in the region. One day Vicky’s classmate Sachin exposes them to a whiff of changing culture seeping from the city and introduces them to Happy Mother’s Day… an event that is the only way to express their true love for their mother.
Lost in the Moonlight by Kim Hyu-joo – South Korea | 2016 – 80 min.
Under the oppressive Japanese colonial rule, Deok-hye, the last Princess of the declining Joseon Dynasty, is forced to move to Japan. She spends her days missing home, while struggling to maintain dignity as a princess. After a series of failed tries, Deok-hye makes her final attempt to return home with the help of her childhood sweetheart, Jang-han.
Seoul Searching by Benson Lee – US | 2015 – 105 min.
Friends Section – Asian Premiere
Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world&8212the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg&8212are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they’re on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts&8212but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way.
Seoul Station by Yeon Sang-ho – South Korea | 2016 – 93 min.
At Seoul Station after sunset, an old homeless man, one of the many, is seen as he gobbles up another. Soon, the streets around the area are covered with madmen. Hae-sun, a runaway teenager, breaks up with her boyfriend who forces her into prostitution. She leaves the shabby inn that they were staying at near the station and witnesses people being attacked. The attacked become attackers, increasing their numbers exponentially. The government proclaims a lock out of the entire area. The normal people run from the attackers, but without a place to run to.
Set Me Free by Kim Tae-yong – South Korea | 2014 – 108 min.
Yeong-jae is a high school student who grew up at “Isaac’s Home” a group home that he entrusted himself as a child to avoid his immature and reckless father. As a high school student, he is now too old to stay at the group home. To extend his stay at “Isaac’s Home” he falsely aspires to serve as a priest. Yeong-jae has secretly stolen and sold donated goods and knows better than to put his belief in any other being, including God. One day his father visits the group home to entrust once again his little brother Min-jae, and this unleashes Yeong-jae’s despair, rage and havoc.
Take me to the river by Matt Sobel – US | 2014 – 84 min.
Family Section – Asian Premiere
A Nebraskan family re couldn’t seem more backwards to a gay Californian teenager. If Ryder had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to show his conservative relatives his true colors, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives, but 9-year-old Molly can’t get enough. She follows her cool California cousin everywhere. After lunch, they walk to the barn to look for a bird’s nest in the rafters. Their strange encounter, and whatever happened while the two escaped their family’s watchful eyes, makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion, and places him at the center of a long buried family secret.
The Girl, the Mother and the Demons by Suzanne Osten – Sweden | 2016 – 93 min.
Special Program Section – Asian Premiere
In an apartment, Siri, a single and psychotic mother, locks herself up with her daughter. Demons are in charge here. Ti can hear her mother talk to the demons, she can see her mother’s transformed and closed expression. But Ti can neither see nor hear the demons her mother is talking to. The situation becomes dangerous when the demons entirely take over Siri’s world. Really dangerous. Siri is no longer Siri. It’s as if she has been transformed into a demon herself. To survive, Ti engages her imagination to conquer her mother’s demons.
Their Distance by Rikiya Imaizumi – Japan | 2015 – 106 min.
Romances Section – Korean Premiere
Shoe repairman Leon meets feisty drunk Su-na, and can’t stop thinking about her. Kokaze, who works with Leon, is secretly attracted to him. A customer, Sang-soo, falls for Kokaze at first sight. He studies Japanese with Su-na’s boyfriend, Ji-woo, who likes their teacher Kanako, but she lives with the wheelchair-bound Arakawa. The accident that left him disabled was witnessed by Leon. As their emotions become entangled, their lives begin to tumble in unexpected directions.