Winner, APSA NETPAC Development Prize, 2010
Eun-mo is back in her hometown, Paju, after spending three years’ soul searching in India. The reality she returns to is far from comforting as she is faced with a dreaded reunion with her widower brother-in-law, Joong-shik. Eun-mo never took a liking to Joong-shik who came to Paju as a student activist fugitive almost a decade earlier and ended up marrying her older sister, Eun-soo. But she was forced to live with him when a tragic accident took her sister’s life. Over the course of three years, Eun-mo gradually discovered she was carrying complex emotions toward Joong-shik and, feeling trapped, she left Paju.
On returning, Eun-mo believed she had resolved all emotional conflicts in India, but as she digs further into her sister’s death, she becomes torn between the truth and her feelings for Joong-shik.
“A beautiful and restrained film directed with a sure hand about an unusual and tragic relationship”
– Nan Achnas, Jury citation
“Park Chan-ok is a filmmaker who operates at a deliberate pace in a world that often prematurely rushes projects into existence. She is not afraid to be difficult and intense without resorting to the imposture of being deliberately obtuse.”
– Russell Edwards, Jury citation
The 2010 APSA Academy NETPAC Jury comprised APSA International Nominations Council NETPAC members: Professor Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea), Russell Edwards (Australia) and Nan Achnas (Singapore).
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