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Films & Schedules - Treeless Mountain

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 9:15 PM (B2)

Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B2)

Treeless Mountain

DIRECTOR: So Yong Kim - United States

Inspired by childhood events, Treeless Mountain has been described by So Yong Kim as a letter to her mother.  The film tells a poignant emotional story of growing up in the Korean countryside and the joys, worries, and hurts of early childhood.  Sent by their impoverished mother in Seoul to live with an aunt in a small village, six-year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin find themselves at the mercy of their selfish, alcoholic "Big Aunt."  Reduced to selling fried grasshoppers to earn money, their misery is compounded when their mother writes to say that she cannot take them back and they must move to their grandparents' farm.  But there, the two neglected innocents finally find a measure of security and love.  "Treeless Mountain is made of the same substance as cinema-vérité, but it is woven with a dreamlike quality, making it seem like a horrific fairy tale that is at the same time painfully realistic." --Toronoto Film Festival.  In Korean and English

Filmography: In Between Days (06).

B2     89 Minutes    

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