10 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the 8th Seoul International Food Film Festival

These are ten Short Films you shouldn’t miss at the Seoul International Food Film Festival which will take place from October 20 – 29, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

A+ Human by Lee Jin-young – Korea | 2021 – 25 minutes

Su-jin is a chronic school latecomer who doesn’t care about studying at all. Her eyesore classmate Dong-hyuck, on the contrary, is a total model student per se. Everyone even calls him a unicorn. One summer’s day, a gulp of valley water changes Su-jin’s life. She gets up early without any hassle and easily concentrates in class. She is confused. “Why am I acting more and more like that annoying Unicorn?” (SIFFF 2022)

Busking by lim Seung-min – Korea | 2022 – 8 minutes

Jung-won holds a cup of coffee and expects someone. The wait continues even though he doesn’t know when it is over. Something rattles inside the guitar case he carries. The coffee gets cold but his wait doesn’t show up. Who is Jung-one waiting for? (SIFFF 2022)

Checkpoint by Jana Kattan – UK | 2021 – 6 minutes

Set in the occupied territory of modern-day Palestine, known as the West Bank, <Checkpoint> follows 11-year-old Leila, who wakes up before dawn every morning to try to get to school on time. Her obstacle is the military occupation of her environment, specifically, the notorious checkpoint she must cross every day to get to her school. Despite Leila’s best efforts to prepare, she cannot control the seemingly endless queue, or the strong possibility she will be randomly denied access to the other side. (SIFFF 2022)

Fever by Kim Ga-yoon – Korea |2022 – 22 minutes

Ha-jeong has been bounced from one relative home to another. It hasn’t been long since Ha-jeong stayed at In-hee’s. One day morning, Ha-jeong is in bed with a high fever and In-hee sits up with her. As the death anniversary of In-hee’s husband is around the corner, Ha-jeong and In-hee spend the whole day together for the first time. (SIFFF 2022)

Framily by Kim In-hye – Korea | 2022 – 30 minutes

Sun-ji and her best friend turned sister-in-law Jin-hee are preparing a pan-fried dish for the ancestral rite. Sun-ji is not pleased with the way Jin-hee treats Young-soon who is her mom-cum-her friend’s mother-in-law. (SIFFF 2022)

How My Grandmother Became a Chair by Nicolas Fattough – Lebanon | 2020 – 10 minutes

An ageing grandmother loses her five senses, one after the other before finally becoming a wooden chair. Throughout her transformation, she realizes that her African housekeeper is not the wild animal she once thought she was, but the caring and loyal family member she was sadly lacking. A poignant story about illness and growing old which employs imagination and metaphor to show the difficult and painful process of departing. (SIFFF 2022)

Leave at Door, Bel X by Lee Joo-young – Korea | 2022 – 20 minutes

Ji-ho treated herself to an electric bike albeit second-hand. She rides her bike and goes out to work as a delivery girl as usual. But there happens a delivery mishap. As she tries to set it right, the aftermath snowballs into a bigger mess. Jin-ho has a rough day against her will but her way back home isn’t in her favor either. (SIFFF 2022)

Mudfish by Lee Ta-hyun – Korea | 2022 – 25 minutes

After living in the United States for seven years, Sol and his parents just returned to Korea. Staying at his aunt’s house with his mother, Sol develops a curiosity for pet-fish. He also begins to encounter the circumstances that brought his family back to Korea. (SIFFF 2022)

Preserved Vegetables by WU Wen-rui, HO Chuang – Taiwan | 2020 – 5 minutes

Rough weather on a typhoon night. A middle-aged man living in an urban high-rise is making a pot of pork rib & preserved cabbage (dried cabbage) soup. The aroma of steaming soup evokes his memories; his memories turn into a cat, who travels back to the sunny Huofang of the old days. Outside the Huofang, Hakka women are busy making preserved vegetables. (SIFFF 2022)

Sarawak Laksa by Jessalyn Chua – Malaysia | 2021 – 17 minutes

A taste of Sarawak through the lens of a camera and the eyes of the locals. Sarawak Laksa is the pride of Sarawak gastronomy as the highly secretive recipe is said to encompass at least 20 types of spices and many years of experience for the right proportion. Home replication is almost impossible so people resort to participating in the deeply-rooted coffee shop culture for a taste of home. To the vendors, the bowl cradles their labour of love but to the coffee shop patrons, it is the familiar spoonful of comfort that they look for. (SIFFF 2022)

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