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After taking the Korean Competition Grand Prize and the best acting award (Moon Seung-a) at the Jeonju Intl. Film Festival, “Scattered Night” now heads to San Sebastian’s New Directors selection.
An intimate portrayal of a family whose members are deeply isolated from one another, the film follows two parents overwhelmed by their responsibilities, their own expectations and the expectations society imposes on them.
Kids - Sumin - Moon - Seung- - Jinho
Their two young kids Sumin (Moon Seung- a) and Jinho (Choi Junwoo) are surprisingly precocious while coping with the emotional blow and confusion of the aftermath of a divorce.
Sol and Lee’s first feature film exemplifies transforming limitations into advantages. The two female filmmakers observe family drama through sustained and restrained shots that allow the viewer to experience through Sumin’s point of view. A slow and steady pace that displays the intricacies and complexities of family life without passing judgement.
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The film hinges on the withholding of information, both in form and storyline. Not only by its refusal to easily fall into a shot/reverse shot set-up, but by what’s left purposely out of frame. When designing the formal approach of the film what was your underlying concept for this family portrait?
Lee: This family doesn’t seem to be in the same room. There is no physical contact as an expression of closeness between parents and children. So, we used the inside and outside of the frame to deploy the characters, and we didn’t show complete faces with reverse shots.
Sol - Feeling - Anxiety - Photography - Shots
Sol: We wanted to have a feeling of anxiety. So, we chose hand-held photography. And we didn’t break our shots because we wanted to observe stories and situations around us. In other words, it is a movie that follows Sumin’s sentiments, but we didn’t want to show only Sumin on screen. The concept is to use wide-angle lenses...
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