Wednesday, April 7
(2020, Kim Cho-hee, South Korea, 96 mins, in Korean w/ English subtitles)
Guest: Kim Cho-hee (director)
Introduced by: Irhe Sohn, Smith College
A comedy/drama about women in cinema in South Korea, directed by film producer (for Hong Sang-soo) Kim Cho-hee. “After a sudden death of the director she worked with for a long time, a film producer Chan-sil is now unemployed. Jobless and moneyless, she begins to work as a cleaning lady at an actress’ place. By chance, she meets a young man who teaches French to the actress. Chan-sil is strongly attracted to him while her old anxieties begin to emerge; her already-gone-youth, screwed-up love, and broken career…”
Watch and Participate
April 1 – April 7
(Weds, April 7 at 7:30PM EST)
All events are free and open to the public.
About the Filmmaker
Kim Cho-hee makes her writing/directing feature debut with Lucky Chan-sil, winner of the Busan International Film Festival KBS Independent Film Award at the Busan International Film Festival. Kim majored in French literature in her undergraduate studies and film theory at Université de Paris, Panthéon Sorbonne for her Master’s degree. From 2008 to 2015, she worked with Hong Sang-soo, producing ten of his films. Before her feature debut, Kim’s short films, including The Winter Pianist (2011), Our Sooni (2013), and Ladies of the Forest (2017), attracted the interest of film festivals in South Korea and internationally.
About the Introducer
Irhe Sohn is a Smith College Assistant Professor of Korean Language & Literature specializing in modern Korea, with specific interests in the history of film and media. His research and teaching evolve around the problem of marginality in Korean film history, such as minority audiences, vulgar genre and filmmaking practices largely categorized as failure. Currently, he is writing a book investigating the formation of colonial Korean cinema during the height of Japanese imperialism. Other research projects include South Korean popular films in the 1970s, the history of special effect films, and East Asian film and media theories. He teaches courses on Korean cinema, popular culture, literature and language.