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Nineteen

WOO Kyenghee
Korea 2021 87min DCP color Fiction 15 World Premiere
Overview

It was one day after summer vacation, in 2008. Sojeong, a senior high school student, lives with her sick mother, but dreams to live alone and be a musician though the reality is frustrating. Just listening to music on MP3 and writing down the lyrics of the songs she wrote on her mini-homepage is Sojeong´s only escape.

Review

To the high school senior Sojeong, home was a trap she wished to escape. It was a yoke that chained her desire to make music and live freely. Nineteen tells the story of Sojeong who gains unexpected freedom from her mother’s sudden death. Immediately after her mother’s death, Sojeong lives in anxiety until she begins to adapt to her new reality. Seonghyun, a friend that Sojeong makes during her practical training at a factory, gives wings to her dream of pursuing music. But there are no real adults around Sojeong. The film shows the way the scent of freedom and passion for music that Sojeong had are gradually extinguished in the indifference of the grownups. Yet rather than pointing out the problems in the social welfare system, it focuses on the turbulence of emotions swelling inside a girl’s heart. Concise descriptions without a hint of exaggeration and dry dialogue plainly and clearly show the situation that Sojeong finds herself in. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayWOO Kyenghee
  • ProducerLEE Heegu
  • CinematographyYANG Jiwoong
  • GafferNA Duyeol, LEE Jeonghun
  • Production DesignKIM Jinyi, LEE Miji
  • MusicNö air
  • EditorWOO Heejeong
  • SoundCHOI Jiyeong
CastSON Youngjoo, JUNG Taesung
FILM SOURCE
WOO Kyenghee / seapea@naver.com
DIRECTOR
WOO Kyenghee
Born in Incheon, Korea. She directed two short films your words (2017) and Testimony (2018). Nineteen is her first feature debut.
Sponsor
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