Korean independent film sales agency Indiestory will be presenting four titles at ACFM in Busan starting Saturday. All were produced in 2022, and two of them, The Ripple and Dream Palace, will be screened at the Busan International Film Festival.
“Dream Palace” follows the lives of two people who move into a new apartment building, only to receive the news that their new homes are for sale again. Inspired by the housing crisis of 2010, the film is about the ordeal of losing a home while showing compassion for one another. Starring Kim Sunyoung (Broker, Three Sisters) and Lee Yoonji (Good Morning and hit TV series Extraordinary Attorney Woo), Dream Palace premieres at the Busan Festival’s Panorama section.
Premiere in BIFF’s Vision section is “The Ripple”. The film tells the story of a middle-aged woman searching for traces of her dead granddaughter, who drowned in a reiver a year earlier. Thematically, the film explores grief, guilt over the loss of a loved one, and various attempts to move on. According to director Lim Seunghyun, the story is told with a non-linear structure so that pieces of the central incident are put together like a puzzle. Kim Jayeong and newcomer Hong Yeseo star.
Gyeong-ah’s Daughter delves into a mother-daughter relationship as they navigate difficult moments after a woman (played by Kim Jung-young from Kim Ji-young Born 1982) leaks a sex tape of her daughter (portrayed by Ha Yoon-kyung from Extraordinary Attorney Woo) with an unidentified man.
It explores issues of patriarchal violence and misogyny faced by women in Korea and raises questions about the beliefs and values that will be passed on to future generations. The first full-length feature film directed by Kim Jung-eun, Gyeong-ah’s Daughter, has received multiple awards and invitations to festivals. It was presented at this year’s Jeonju International Festival, where it won the CGV Arthouse Distribution Support Prize and Watcha’s Pick: Feature Award.
The art house horror fantasy film The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra follows the journey of an abandoned mattress. Through its fleeting flock of owners, the accumulated mushroom symbolizes their misery and fuels the growth of a creature within itself. It feeds on the vertebrae of its victims and struggles to break free of its form. Director Park Syeyeong’s debut feature, Vertebra, won three awards at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), including Best Director, Audience Award and Distribution Assistance Award.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/indiestory-festival-titles-busan-film-market-1235396896/ Title of Indiestory Festival at Busan Film Market