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Cambridge Film Festival & Korean Cultural Centre present, A QUIET DREAM
Director: Zhang Lu.
Starring: Han Yeri, Yang Ik-june, Park Jung-bum, & Yoon Jong-bin.
South Korea. 2016. 98 min. (15).
Internationally acclaimed director Zhang Lu’s 11th feature film, A Quiet Dream revolves around the everyday lives of four friends - a young woman and three less-than-ordinary men. Yeri, a Chinese Korean immigrant, cares for her paralysed father whilst running the small ‘Hometown Bar’ in the impoverished Su-saek neighbourhood of Seoul. Ik-june is a former small-time gangster expelled for laughing during his boss’s funeral; Jong-bin is the milk-drinking, epileptic son of the Hometown Bar’s landlord and Jung-bum is an introverted North Korean defector who suffers from depression.
The film doesn’t follow a conventional narrative structure, but rather unfolds quietly as if taken from a small segment of their everyday lives, lives that are spent hanging out at Yeri’s bar. Although each has their own complex issues to deal with, they somehow muddle through with little more than friendship and laughter.
Much lauded, the film opened last year’s Busan International Film Festival and was invited to the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017.
This is part of the London Korean Film Festival 2017: Teaser Screenings.