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Korean Shorts

Korean films have had remarkable success both at home and abroad in recent years. They have gained widespread recognition and appreciation from the international community 

at the forefront of the Korean wave, to the point where the term "K-movie" has been coined. This success was only possible because of the growing interest in short films and 

the development of the short film industry, as short films are the film industry's backbone. BISFF has created a new section called “Korean Shorts” in order to continue to support 

the growth and development of Korean short films. I hope that this will be a platform for audiences to see where Korean short films stand today by watching short films 

with deep thematic consciousness and new experimental formats, as well as by meeting with various filmmakers.

 

The reality of Korea as a “divided nation”, which is in “A State of Exception”, is explored in "Ceasefire Chronicles." In this category, films that portray the reality of a divided country, 

the prejudiced views of the North-South relationship, and the ideological conflict on the Korean peninsula will be screened in a balanced and honest manner. 

These films explain how this exceptional state has become normalized in a variety of fields, including society, economy, and culture, and raise the question of whether the two countries 

will be able to shift their paradigms in order to coexist and build a peaceful relationship in a normalized state of exception.

Ceasefire Chronicles This program's film rating is for ages 12 and older
Hitchhiker

Jéro Yun

Korea2016Fiction20'11"DCPColor12

A ragged man tries to hitchhike on a deserted road. A van driver sees him and is suspicious. The driver, suspecting him of being a North Korean spy, takes him to a police station. The film depicts the widespread mistrust and prejudice against North Korean defectors in South Korea. However, the film also shows the feasibility of unity by showing the character’s ability to form a strong bond in a short period of time. To generate dramatic tension and maximize viewer immersion, the film employs a variety of techniques, including high angle shots, low saturation, and slow motion.  
Mr. Driver

Kim Seoyoon

Korea2018Fiction23'40"DCPColor12

A South Korean man in charge of delivering food supplies to Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea falls in love with a North Korean woman who works there. When they listen to music together, their love grows stronger. The man puts songs into his MP3 player and heads to the North. On the surface, the film appears to be a sad love story between a South Korean man and a North Korean woman. However, beneath the surface, the film makes us realize that we live in exceptional circumstances ; an abnormal reality created by living in a divided nation. 
Tail

Kim Hujung

Korea2018Fiction28'27"DCPColor12

Jonghak, who defected from North Korea 20 years ago, now works at Hanawon as a consultant for North Korean defectors. Simultaneously, he writes reports on North Korean defectors he consults with, sending the reports to Pyongyang. His daily routine is interrupted one day, leading to a larger incident that shatters the set of values he has held for decades. In the end, his loyalty to his country comes at the expense of their rejection of his existence. His daily life, however, continues to tick slowly by like his broken watch.  
Eunseo

Park Joonho

Korea2019Fiction28'59"DCPColorG

Eunseo, who defected from North Korea on her own 20 years ago, now lives in South Korea with her new family. She learns one day that her mother, whom she had assumed was still in North Korea, has fled to South Korea. She is overjoyed to see her mother again. With incredibly delicate acting, the film depicts how a North Korean defector, who has adjusted to South Korean culture, suffers from a crisis of identity as she reunites with her mother. The film also brings up the question of what we need to coexist in society, while casting a critical eye on South Korean society, where prejudice and discrimination against North Korean defectors prevails.