March 2012

"Treeless Mountain"

by So Yong Kim, opens 01.03.2012

Jin, a bright-eyed six-year-old, lives with her mother and little sister, Bin, in a cramped apartment in Seoul, South Korea. When their mother decides to go look for their estranged father, Jin and Bin are forced to stay with their alcoholic Big Aunt for the summer. The girls are given a piggy bank with a promise from their mother that she will return when it is full. After their mother fails to return, Jin and her sister are forced to move to a farm owned by their grandparents. It is through this journey that Jin comes to learn the importance of family bonds. Inspired by her grandmother’s determination and hard work, Jin learns that taking care of her younger sister is actually a way of filling the hole in her heart.

So Yong Kim was born on November 23, 1968, in Pusan, Republic of Korea. In 1979, she emigrated to the United States. She studied painting, performance and video at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has made several experimental short films, including A BUNNY RABBIT, which was shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle. In 2003, Kim produced Bradley Rust Gray’s feature film SALT (Forum 2003) and THE EXPLODING GIRL (Forum 2009). Following IN BETWEEN DAYS, (Forum 2006), TREELESS MOUNTAIN is So Yong Kim’s second feature film.

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Land/Year: USA/South Korea 2008. Format: 35mm. Running Time: 89 Minuten. Language: Korean. Version: Original with German subtitles. Directed & written: So Yong Kim: Camera: Anne Misawa. Cast: Kim Hee-Yeon, Kim Song-Hee, Lee Soo-Ah, Kim Mi-Hyang. Production: Soandbrad Inc., Parts and Labor, New York