10th Seoul International Children’s Film Festival – Opening Film

Missing Ulja Funk by Barbara Kronenberg will open the 10th Seoul International Children’s Film Festival which will take place from June 15 – 22, 2022.

Missing Ulja Funk by Barbara Kronenberg – Germany, Luxembourg, Poland | 2021 – 93 minutes

12 year old astronomy geek Uja, armed with a stolen hearse and a classmate as driver, journeys across Eastern Europe to monitor the impact of an asteroid. (SICFF 2022)

Programmer’s Note:
The slogan of the 10th Seoul Int’l Children’s Film Festival is “Listening to Children.” It means the wiliness to actively pay attention to and respond to the children’s voices. In that sense, Mission Ulja Funk was selected for the opening film this year. The film is about the challenge of Ulja, a 12-year-old girl who loves science. Throughout the film, it depicts the adventure in search of asteroids observed by Ulja in a cheerful mood, but it also comically pinpoints the parents and adults in the village, who oppress the children’s thoughts and have no respect for them at all in the name of religion and tradition. It suggests a vision how to respect with each other when the adults and children within the units of ‘family’ and ‘village.’  (Danny KANG)

Screening Date:
June 15, 2022 | Wednesday | CineQ | 18:30 pm


About the director:
Barbara did a bachelor’s degree in media production and then studied screenwriting and directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her graduation film DIE BALLADE VON ELLA PLUMMHOFF was screened at festivals worldwide, received numerous awards. MISSION ULJA FUNK is her debut feature film

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