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Korean Competition

FIRST CHILD

HUR Jungjae
Korea 2021 93min DCP color Fiction 15 World Premiere
Overview

As Jeong-ah attempts to rebuild her career a year after giving birth to her first child, she faces difficulties that put her through the test of whether she can truly have it all.

Review

First child is a film that looks into our society, in which the most commonsensical wish is the most difficult to be realized. After giving birth to her first child and completing a year of maternity leave, Jeong-ah naturally returns to her job. But her stress grows as she finds herself surrounded by a husband who wishes for her to be a stay-at-home mom, a young and sensible temp named Jihyun who filled in for her during her leave, and an ethnic Korean nanny from China who seems rather untrustworthy. This film does not come right out and problematize Korea’s childcare system or the re-employment of women who had to quit for childrearing. Instead, it focuses on Jeong-ah and her relationships with two other women—Jihyun and the nanny. Yet when we peek behind the curtains of Jeong-ah’s twisted relationships with these women, the system rears its ugly head. First child is a film overcast with the existential depression of women in Korea today. (MOON Seok)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayHUR Jungjae
  • ProducerKIM Sungjin
  • CinematographyKIM Jiryung
  • GafferJO Yongwoon
  • Production DesignLEE Ahyong
  • MusicKWON Hyunjung
  • EditorKIM Joonhee, HUR Jungjae
  • SoundCinemix korea
CastPARK Hasun, OH Dongmin, PARK Soomin, OH Mine, KONG Sungha
FILM SOURCE
film flowergarden / memoriaa@naver.com
DIRECTOR
HUR Jungjae
Graduated from Dongguk University, he has made a number of acclaimed short films including Bright future (2017) and Sleepless night (2016).
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

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Seoul Office

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JEONJU Cine Complex

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