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A Winter Glove

장갑을 사러

Director: LEE Hyeon-ju (이현주)

2021|Korea|28min|Language: Korean, Japanese|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/13 Sun 16:50《Short films program 2》 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/18 Fri 12:20《Short films program 2》 Cine Libre Umeda 4
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KIM Jung-min (김정민)
YANG Jong-wook (양종욱)
KIM Ha-ram (김하람)

The existential angst surrounding beginnings and endings informs this latest short from award-winning director LEE Hyeon-ju. The central character is In-kyung (KIM Jung-min), a piano teacher at a private academy in Seoul. For her, life is one spent patiently guiding her students' progress through their scales and scores but when her long-term boyfriend announces that he has clinched a job in Japan, everything is upended. Without telling him, she decides to take Japanese classes, but when asked in class why she is learning, she doesn’t know how to respond and a fellow student further upsets her balance…

Shot during autumn and winter, the film’s tone is dominated by a sense of melancholy, whether it is from the chilly landscape that surrounds In-kyung or the spaces that open up between herself and the people in her life as she is about to experience momentous change.

[Jason MAHER]

Director's Message
Three months is a very short time in which to learn to speak a language or play an instrument. So how can you possibly come to understand another person in such a short amount of time? I think no matter how long you have known someone, you can never fully know their heart. I made this film while thinking about the spaces between people and the melancholy feeling of neither understanding the other, nor being understood.