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21th
Korean Competition
Blessedness: Monsters and Specters
Director_ HONG Jiyeong
Korea 2020 78min DCP color/b&w feature Fiction
Review

At first glance, ''Blessedness: Monsters and Specters'' feels complicated and difficult, and not easy to summarize. Since the plot unfolds from concept to concept instead of story or emotion, it feels foreign. It is hard to connect the dots of the three chapters - monsters, specters, and blessedness. Narrations with prophetic phrases or abstruse contents frequent, and scenes of fantasy or unreality, sometimes even stage shots emerge to disturb the narrative. The three main characters in this film, Seongsim, Eunsu, and Seongcheol are helpless beings in front of reality. Seongsim and Eunsu are gay lovers rejected by this society and their love for each other have failed. Actor Seongcheol experiences the life of Spinoza as he plays the role of Spinoza who was expelled and labeled as a heretic in the Jewish community and an atheist Jew among Christians. This film connects Spinoza of the 17th century with sexual minorities of the modern times and seeks the true path of ‘freedom’. A queer film with new sensibility without melodramatic elements or social drama. [MOON Seok]

CREDIT
  • DirectorHONG Jiyeong
  • ProducerPARK Jinyoung, ZHANG Yingzi, LI Eun
  • ScriptHONG Jiyeong
  • CinematographyCHO Woonghee, LEE Jinhwan, KIM Sangsoo
  • Production DesignKIM Yoonjin, HONG Jiyeong, LUO Siyu, LIU Yaohuan
  • MusicMA Junho, KIM Hojung
  • EditorSON Baeho, HONG Jiyeong
  • SoundHONG Seongjun
CastKEUM Chaeeun, YOON Haesin, KWON Kiha
DIRECTOR
HONG Jiyeong
Born in 1985, Seoul. Including ''A Letter From Spinoza'' (2018), she directed 5 films. She won the Best Cinematography at 2016 Chungmuro Short Film Festival with ''Amor, Amor Fati'' (2016).
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, Jeonju Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea

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Seoul Office

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T. (02)2285-0562 F. (02)2285-0560

JEONJU Cine Complex

(54999)22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea

T. (063)231-3377