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World Cinema

Playground

 
Laura WANDEL  
Belgium 2021 72min DCP color Fiction G Korean Premiere
Schedule
Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
250 2022. 04. 30 21:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 4
HKEG
452 2022. 05. 02 10:00 CINE Q Jeonju Film Street 6
HKEG
717 2022. 05. 05 13:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 6
HKEG
Overview

7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back to school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him by warning their father. But Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children’s and adults’ worlds.

Review

A new semester, in front of the school. Unlike her big brother, Abel, Nora cries bitterly and clings to her father, as if the school gates were the gigantic jaws of a terrible monster. But throwing a tantrum does not mean she can avoid going to school. As time passes, Nora gradually adjusts to her school life. The problem is rather on Abel's side. Abel becomes increasingly withdrawn as he is bullied on the playground during recess. In Playground, the playground is a barbaric space where the boundary between play and bullying is blurred, and violence is invisible only to teachers who should protect and guide the students. The camera constantly follows Nora and is aligned with Nora’s senses. The extremely shallow depth of field allows viewers to stay in the world only Nora experiences and feels. As a result, the film rejects the clichéd conclusion that violence begets violence and moves on to actions that only Nora can take. And so the last minute of the film is simply marvelous. [Jay SOHN]

CREDIT
  • DirectorLaura WANDEL
  • ProducerStephane LHOEST
  • ScreenplayLaura WANDEL
  • CinematographyFrédéric NOIRHOMME
  • GafferVincent BREDAEL
  • Production DesignPhilippe BERTIN
  • EditorNicolas RUMPL
  • SoundDavid VRANKEN (HUSH)
CastMaya VANDERBEQUE, Gunter DURET, Elsa LAFORGE, Lena GIRARD VOSS
FILM SOURCE
Indie Sales Company | cchautant@indiesales.eu
DIRECTOR
Laura WANDEL 
Born in 1984, Belgium. She studied filmmaking at the IAD. Her school film, Walls (2007), was selected in many festivals around the world. After her first short film, O negative (2010), she directed Foreign Bodies (2014), selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Playground is her first feature.
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Jeonju Office

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