Does selecting to be alone really imply we’re higher off? Hong Sung-eun, director of the thought-provoking melodramatic movie “Aloners,” begs to vary. “We’re all related anyway, so a good farewell is a mere act of courtesy to shut out a chapter,” says Hong.
“Aloners” tells a narrative about Jina, a top-notched worker at a bank card firm name middle. She chooses a solitary life-style and avoids constructing relationships with the folks round her till the dying of her lonely neighbor pushes her to handle these relationships one after the other. Whereas the theme of loneliness pulsates all through the movie, Jina’s outlook is juxtaposed in opposition to her father (performed by Park Jeong-bak), her rookie coworker Sujin (Jung Da-eun) and her new neighbor Seonghun (Web optimization Hyun-woo). All function reminders of human connectivity, notably throughout arduous occasions.
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Premiered on the twenty second Jeonju Intl. Movie Competition, and bought by M-Line Distribution, “Aloners” scored two awards. Lead actress Gong Seung-yeon gained greatest actor and Hong was offered the CGV Arthouse Award Distribution Help Prize. The movie now performs at Toronto earlier than segueing to San Sebastian.
Selection caught up with Hong Sung-eun to debate her ideas and messages conveyed via “Aloners” and on movie directing.
Inform us the story of “Aloners” out of your lens.
This movie is about Jina, an worker at a bank card name middle. She believes isolating herself makes for a extra handy life attributable to her previous trauma and wounds. The sudden dying of her lonely neighbor urges her to re-evaluate her lifestyle and step by step come to phrases together with her loneliness by addressing the folks in her life.
What was the motivation behind Jina’s story?
Jina’s character derived from my concern of getting harm by others, therefore to counter the loneliness, I selected to have interaction in noises from gadgets as a substitute. At some point, I chanced upon a documentary about lonely dying and ended up crying profusely for no motive. It made me rethink the concept of residing alone as the conclusion of dying alone was scary. Jina is the character that encapsulates all of those ideas.
Moreover the theme of loneliness, the movies appear to replicate a number of aspects of Korean tradition and society at present. How did you’re employed that into the movie and what key takeaways would you just like the worldwide viewers to have?
Korean tradition is very relationship-oriented. Till just a few years in the past, consuming at a restaurant or touring alone have been unfathomable issues to do. With these notion adjustments, I really feel the battle that comes together with it. The rising recognition of social networks and selection packages exhibiting the enjoyment of celebrities residing alone could seem cool, however on the flip facet, possibly residing alone wasn’t a selection.
Therefore, I added a scene referencing the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. The Korean soccer crew was taking part in within the semi-finals and the whole nation was buzzing with each family donning pink shirts, gathering on the nearest massive display screen to observe the sport. With out a lot clarification, the scene of patriotism and sea of pink is deeply engraved in each Korean’s coronary heart. I wished to make use of that emotion to remind the viewers of our connection to others, even when we consider pushing folks away serves as a type of self safety.
Since we’re all related, the act of bidding others farewell is the least we might do for closure. But with Jina, she was harm by others and confronted emotions of abandonment at a younger age. It’s difficult for her to provide others one thing she’s by no means acquired or skilled. Nonetheless, Jina strives to do this, albeit clumsily on the finish of the movie, which I hope can be warmly acquired by the worldwide viewers.
Your achievements so far are already spectacular since graduating from the Korean Academy of Movie Arts (KAFA). What made you embark on this journey and the way did it start?
Although I like motion pictures, I used to be working for an organization unrelated to movie for 3 years and determined to give up questioning what it’ll be prefer to be a movie director. Therefore I took the plunge. There was no dramatic motive, I merely wished to understand my need and creativeness. The work and lifetime of a movie director shouldn’t be straightforward, however I nonetheless like being one. A number of new questions have arose and I’m excited to seek out solutions via the method of constructing the following movie.
What recommendation would you give different aspiring feminine administrators?
I heard ladies ought to actually be like a ‘mad canine’ to turn out to be movie administrators. I reckon it meant being powerful and aggressive in direction of counterparts. Admittedly, I’ve carried out so particularly when others disrespect my opinion attributable to my gender, age or lack of expertise. Maybe exhibiting aggression makes up for my perceived “weaknesses.”
Regardless, I wish to be an excellent individual and respectable director. It’s in all probability tougher for feminine administrators than for his or her male counterparts. I hope different aspiring feminine administrators can refute these current perceptions and I’ll look again on their examples after I’m drained. Proper now, I nonetheless have a lot to study however will proceed to do my greatest.
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