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15 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 47th Seoul Independent Film Festival

These are fifteen films you shouldn’t miss at the 47th Seoul Independent Film Festival which will take place from November 25th until December 3rd, 2021 in CGV ARTHOUSE Apgujeong and CGV Apgujeong, Seoul.

About the festival:
The SIFF (Seoul Independent Film Festival) is a domestic competition festival encompassing varied independent films of the year. Regardless of theme, format and genre, the films are contested and awarded. Through the festival, SIFF ends the year with the discovery of new independent films as well as the introduction of diverse trends in the invitation sections.

– Selected Films –

206: Unearthed by Heo Chul-nyung – Korea | 2021 – 92 minutes
Section: Feature Showcase

At dawn on the 25th of June 1950, the Korean War broke out. More than a million South Koreans died. Now, almost seventy years later, the full extent of the atrocities committed during the war remain unknown. But there are bones in the ground that can reveal what really happened. In 2005, a South Korean government-appointed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (a.k.a. TRC) uncovered 168 massacres that happened during the Korean War. More than nine thousand family members have asked for help in finding the remains of their loved ones. But by 2010, the commission was shut down. The conservative party, the military, and the police who were highly involved in these massacres feared the investigations were being exploited for the opposition’s political benefit. But so far no one has been held accountable. Haunted by the unsolved murders, these former investigators and the bereaved families restarted a project at various areas to uncover the truth on their own. As they dug into the ground, scorched black soil spilled out. Beneath the soil laid bones. Mostly women, the elderly and children. What really happened? Can we have peace without confronting the truth of the past? 206 Unearthed focuses on the recovery operation of the massacre site while examining how we as humans keep record, collectively remember, and sometimes willfully forget our own history. (SIFF 2021)

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Boundary: Flaming Feminist Action by Yung Ga-hyun – Korea | 2021 – 107 minutes
Section: Feature 4

After the Gangnam Station Murder Case in 2016, my friends and I started new activism from labour activism to feminist activism. The feminist group we created, Flaming Feminist Action, is the group addressing the issues around female body and sexuality such as freeing axillary hair and freeing nipples. 4 years since we lived as a feminism activist after the Feminist Announcement, now we are opening up the diary which is passionate, dreadful and soggy like a summer. (SIFF 2021)

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Drive My Car by Hamaguchi Ryusuke – Japan | 2021 – 180 minutes
Section: International Invitation

Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto, a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. 2 years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki, a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his late wife that quietly haunts him. (SIFF 2021)

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Fanatic by Oh Seyeon – Korea | 2021 – 87 minutes
Section: Feature Showcase

One day, “Oppa” became a criminal. I, who used to be a “successful fan,” went through conflicting emotions. Fury, sorrow, and a little bit of embarrassment. I remembered my friends, his fans. Some say they are furious because they trusted and supported him the most, while some say the true fans will be there for him until the end. Can we keep being a fan? No, can we quit being a fan? Nowadays, a hard time to love someone to our hearts’ content, I shall listen to the fans who are suffering because of the love they’ve given. (SIFF 2021)

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Flowing by Kim Hyun-jung – Korea | 2021 – 122 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

Ahead of the age of 30, the second daughter, Jin-young, who is still preparing for employment, a blunt father who is more comfortable resting in a folding chair in factory than at home, and the mother is the only one who ties this incommunicative father and daughter together. One day, the accident suddenly kills the mother, and only the father and daughter remain in the spacious house where the three families lived. (SIFF 2021)

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Hot in day, cold at night by Park Song-yeol – Korea | 2021 – 90 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

Young-tae and his wife, Jeong-hee, are basically unemployed, making a living as a part-timer. Nonetheless, the couple is somehow satisfied with their lives, eating, walking, talking and always spending time together. However, their livelihood is threatened by the lack of income. The couple makes a pledge not to use private loans no matter what, fearing they couldn’t be saved. One day, they visit Jeong-hee’s mom for her birthday. Young-tae finds out that other family members have prepared cash gifts. Young-tae asks Jeong-hee to get a cash advance, but she hesitates at the high interest rate. Unwillingly, they’re the only ones who haven’t prepared anything at the birthday party. On the way back home, Young-tae feels shabby, and blames Jeong-hee for nothing. Later, Jeong-hee is angry at him, herself and their hard life, and goes to a loan shark to get a private loan. (SIFF 2021)

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I am more by Lee Ilha – Korea | 2021 – 82 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

The neon sign of the Itaewon club “Trans” lights up. The show of More, a dancer with 20 years of experience, begins and the audience cheers and tips freely over the stage. More’s dream was to be a “ballerina.” People said to him, “Abandon your femininity,” and his dreams were thwarted. John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, who visited Korea for a performance, accidentally saw More’s show and left him with the meaningful words, “Let’s meet in New York.” Then one day, an invitation for performance arrives from New York. (SIFF 2021)

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Kim Min-young of the Report Card by Lee Jae-eun – Korea | 2021 – 94 minutes
Section: Feature Showcase

20-year-old Jung-hee doesn’t go to college and works part-time. She goes to meet Min-young, her high school roommate, for the first time in a while and wants to play with her as before. However, Min-young, a college student, is busy sending correction emails regarding her credits and feels uncomfortable by Jung-hee’s visit. (SIFF 2021)

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Nobody’s Lover by Han Inmi – Korea | 2021 – 136 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

When her pregnant mother leaves home with her boyfriend, Eugene finds a job at a pizza shop. Thanks to the people she meets there, she is able to find stability and love. However, the relationship with the lover as well as the relationship with her mother are challenging, and things get increasingly complicated. Eugene thinks she’s ruining everything. (SIFF 2021)

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Sophie´s World by Lee Jeahan – Korea | 2021 – 114 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

Sophie, a foreign woman, stays in Korea for a while on her way to see her sister in the Philippines. She stays for four days at Suyoung and Jonggu’s house where Mountain Inwang can be seen. Two years later, Suyoung finds a photo of themselves on Sophie’s blog by coincidence, and gets a chance to look back at the four days that the traveler Sophie had recorded. (SIFF 2021)

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Soup and Ideology by Yang Yonghi – Korea | 2021 – 119 minutes
Section: Feature Showcase

One day, the mother tells her daughter that she experienced the Jeju 4.3 uprising especially how she got involved in the uprising and the reason she escaped to Japan. In 2018, after 70 years from the massacre, the daughter and her fiancé take the mother to Jeju Island although the mother starts to lose her memories because of Alzheimer. (SIFF 2021)

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The Apartment with Two Women by Kim Se-in – Korea | 2021 – 140 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

Yi-jung lives with her mother Su-kyung, but they do not get along well with each other. While out grocery shopping one day, they fight as usual and Su-kyung’s car ends up hitting Yi-jung in the parking lot. Yi-jung does not believe Su-kyung’s claim that the car suddenly accelerated on its own and thinks her mother hit her on purpose. Now, Yi-jung wants an apology from Su-kyung for everything that happened in her life. (SIFF 2021)

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The Cave by Lee Young-ah – Korea | 2021 – 111 minutes
Section: Feature Showcase

After her husband’s sudden passing, Min-hee moves to Jeju Island with a few unresolved questions in mind. She settles into the house he had always wanted, and gets to know a neighbor named Mok-ha and her twenty-year-old son, Tae-kyung. She takes a liking to self-confident and exuberant Mok-ha, but at the same time, has odd feelings toward Tae-kyung. As Min-hee learns more about them, she is swept over by turbulence of emotions. (SIFF 2021)

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The Conversation by Kim Dukjoong – Korea | 2021 – 120 minutes
Section: Feature Competition

Three women who studied in Paris in their late 20s. Now, they become in their late 30s and are busy contemplating their respective lives. The three women try to talk in French and through this playful conversation, they can bring out more honest words. There are two men circling around in a park near the apartment building with a stroller. If you listen carefully to their conversations, you can guess that there were subtle moments of relationships between them, and now they are only reminiscing about this. Man and woman who seem to have met by chance at a cafe are actually an extension of the mysterious relationship that has continued since yesterday. Truth, lies, and conversations through games. The relationship between the two is likely to continue. (SIFF 2021)

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy by Hamaguchi Ryusuke – Japan | 2020 – 121 minutes
Section: International Invitation

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets. (SIFF 2021)

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To know more about this festival please go to: http://siff.kr/en

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