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Most Promising Talent Award (Director: CHOI Jin-young)

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The Slug

태어나길 잘했어

Director: CHOI Jin-young (최진영)

2020|Korea|99min|Language: Korean|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/9 Tue 14:05 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/11 Thu 18:20 Cine Libre Umeda 4
The Slug
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KANG Jin-a (강진아)
PARK Hye-jin (박혜진)
HONG Sang-pyo (홍상표)

If you could meet your childhood self, what would you tell them?

This is a tantalising question that a woman named Chun-hee (KANG Jin-a) gets to answer. She lives a modest life in her maternal grandparent’s house, the place she lived from her teenage years when her parents died. It is a place filled with many unhappy memories as her uncle, aunt, and cousins made her feel unwelcome, something which only added to the shame she felt from excessive sweating. As an adult, she puts on a brave front and tries to get along with others and when she meets an equally shy person, she finally finds someone who can love her back. However, one day, she is struck by lightning and after that moment, she can see her teenage self (PARK Hye-jin) popping in and out of the house. Their surreal house-share offers Chun-hee a chance to deal with her lingering traumas.

“The Slug” is CHOI Jin-young’s debut feature and it is a confident one for she has made a delicate film with a light atmosphere and quirky tone that conceals a profound and moving story of self-acceptance that avoids all of the cliches and strikes the heart honest and true.

[Jason MAHER]

Director CHOI Jin-young

Director CHOI Jin-young