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15 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the 4th PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival

These are fifteen short films you shouldn’t miss at the 4th PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival which will take place from June 23 – 28, 2022 in Chuncheon-si, South Korea.

– Selected Shorts –

Anion by Lee Minyeob – Korea | 2022 – 29 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Cinematic Gangwon

At the PR Office, products are mostly sold to local older ladies. Dong-hyeon notices that Hee-soo, a frequent customer, has dementia and starts taking advantage by selling items to her.  ​(PIPFF 2022)

Big Brother by Goong Yu-jeong – Korea | 2021 – 32 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Korean Short Competition

Jong-hwan reluctantly brings his brother along to a date with Seon, only because she has persistently insisted that they meet. While it is no big deal introducing his friends to her, his older sibling is a whole different story. As it turns out, he is nothing but ordinary. (PIPFF 2022)

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Chuz Me! by Jo Ye-seul – Korea | 2021 – 29 minutes
Section: Korean Short Competition

Soguem(18), Who is facing the third year of misfortune, has a secret crush on her best friend Hosu (18) who has paid encounters with a mid-aged man. After divorce, Soguem’s Mom (36) relies on shamanism in fear of Soguem following he step because she married and gave birth when she was young. Just when Soguem get increasingly irritated and enraged by her dad and Hosu’s lover, a buyer shows interest in Soguem’s used underwear.​ (PIPFF 2022)

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CITI-100 by Hwang Sunyoung – Korea | 2021 – 29 minutes
Section: Korean Short Competition

The fall I turned eighteen, I heard the news of my friend Kihyun’s death. He had a car accident while working part-time at a fried chicken restaurant as a delivery boy. Without any protection as a teenager or a worker, he was quickly erased from this world. I re-encounter Kihyuns accident in 2009 while reminiscing the time we’ve shared. I linger around time, facing the motorcycle culture, a friend who vanished like a ghost, and all of. Kihyuns’ spirits who are still floating around the road. (PIPFF 2022)

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Family Toast by Kim Junhyung – Korea | 2022 – 14 minutes
Section: Korean Short Competition

A mother finds a cigarette in her daughter’s bag. Even though her mother starts to bombard her with questions, the daughter keeps her mouth shut. Then the father returns home from work and begins to suspect the cigarette was not just a cigarette, after all. (PIPFF 2022)

Girl at a Window by Sohn Hyunlok – Korea | 2022 – 30 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Korean Short Competition

Jo Yeongseo, a dropout student, does not study in the study room but does a live stream. (PIPFF 2022)

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Light it up at 2 am by Yoo Jongseok – Korea | 2022 – 19 minutes
Section: Korean Short Competition

The film begins with a girl’s narration of a story about the fire that broke out at an institute for girls and a girl named Yurim. Yurim was particularly afraid of fire but was determined to start one. Based on the true story which took place in 1995—forgotten in most people’s memories despite dozens of casualties. (PIPFF 2022)

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Looking through the Binoculars by Im Noa – Korea | 2020 – 20 minutes | Asian Premiere
Section: Pyongyang Cinema

What happens when a battleground becomes an amusement park, and a restricted military zone becomes a wildlife sanctuary? More than a half-century long division between North and South Korea has unintentionally created a vast wilderness inside a sensitive, high-security military space. The Korean DMZ is a military buffer zone between North and South Korea into which humans can’t venture. This inhuman landscape, as deadly and forbidding as it is beautiful, has evolved into a sublime fetish. But the area surrounding this long-frozen battlefront has been radically altered by tourism, turning it into a half-silly and bizarre military amusement park. It exists in the space between reality and fantasy, a mirage of the mind, a vantage point for viewing the “other,” its ideological meaning bent under the relentless pressure of money and curiosity. The Korean DMZ military tourism leads us to a new ideological wonderland.  (PIPFF 2022)

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Noise Rhapsody by Kim Woonha – Korea | 2022 – 33 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Korean Short Competition

Noise Rhapsody is a company providing a service that includes delivering a Music Box to anywhere in the country that has been measured to show a higher than average level of stress. Hitting the play button on the Box transforms the place’s surrounding noise into a free form music.

Doona harbors guilt for not having been able to prevent her depressed friend Dami from taking her own life. Committed to helping others let go of stressful thoughts, Doona starts working at Noise Rhapsody, and is soon recognized as one of the company’s best-performing employees. Until one day, she gets involved in a traffic accident…​

One Summer Day by Jo Sohui – Korea | 2022 – 19 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Cinematic Gangwon

One day, Doyoung heard about the story that people might die when they sleep with the fan during the night. (PIPFF 2022)

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Or Father by Kim Kangmin – Korea | 2021 – 15 minutes | World Premiere
Section: Korean Short Competition

Three-year-old Mia sits in the passenger seat next to Sang-soo in his truck, her little body swaying wildly back and forth with every motion under an adult-sized seat belt. Unable to catch the sight of her dad, who is out making a round of package deliveries, Mia bursts into tears. She is left out of the social safety net due to the absence of a birth certificate. The social system refuses to recognize Sang-soo for what he is — a father  — but it will never stop him from being one. (PIPFF 2022)

Sandstorm by Seemab Gul – Korea | 2021 – 20 minutes | Asian Premiere
Section: POV-The New Nromal

Zara, a schoolgirl in Karachi, shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who then blackmails her. Caught between his manipulative behavior and the desire to experience love on her own terms, Zara searches for the strength to reject the confines of a patriarchal society.​ (PIPFF 2022)

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The Banners by Yoon Haesung – Korea | 2022 – 25 minutes
Section: Korean Short Competition

Shortly after her father passes away, Jiho’s missing sister comes back after 15 years. Now Jiho, along with her mother and her sister, travels all over Seoul to take down the missing person banners her family had put up.  (PIPFF 2022)

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The Present by Farah Nabulsi – Palestina | 2020 – 24 minutes
Section: Spectrum

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy is it to go shopping?​ (PIPFF 2022)

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The Right Words by Adrian Moyse Dullin – France | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: POV-The New Nromal – SNS, Media and I

Kenza, a 15-year-old girl, and her little brother Madhi, a 13-year-old boy, regularly humiliate one another on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada, the girl that Madhi loves, even though she does not know him. (PIPFF 2022)

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For more information, please visit: https://pipff.org/eng/

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