With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ACF 986: NY Premiere of "The Journals of Musan" at Tribeca FIlm Festival


The Tribeca Film Festival will present the New York premiere of the much-anticipated The Journals of Musan. The three festival screenings of the film will be co-hosted with The Korea Society.

Director Park Jung-bum’s debut tells the story of a North Korean defector forging a new life in South Korea. The film took the New Currents Award at the Pusan International Film Festival. Park, who assisted Lee Chang-dong on the stirring Poetry, presents a disarmingly beautiful vision of loneliness, disconnect, and ethical ambiguity in this story of a lost soul's struggle to connect. Park Jung-bum appears for Q&A with audiences after each screening.

Synopsis: Park Jungbum's stunning and much-lauded debut is the story of Jeon Seung-chul, a North Korean defector forging a life in capitalist South Korea. Emerging from eight months in a resettlement camp, the unassuming Seung-chul is placed in a home on the rundown outskirts of Seoul, and finds a modest job papering the city with advertisement posters.

Yearning for a human bond, he joins a church and meets Sook-young, a choir singer who works nights at a seedy karaoke bar. As he attempts to forge some kind of relationship with Sook-young and some kind of life in Seoul, Seung-chul finds his deepest kinship and comfort in a fellow outcast—a stray dog he adopts in the street.

Marginalized in every way, from his liminal home on the city's fringes to his frustrated attempts to integrate in either church or work, Seung-chul's unwavering moral compass is testament to his integrity in the face of baseless prejudice. As both director and actor, Park (assistant director of Lee Chang-dong's stirring Poetry) fully realizes a disarmingly beautiful vision of loneliness, disconnect, and ethical ambiguity in this story of a lost soul's struggle to connect.
--Cara Cusumano

Three Screenings:
Sunday, April 24th at 7;00 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5
Tuesday, April 26th at 5;30 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4
Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30 PM at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 1

Tickets available at TribecaFilm.com.

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