The colourful and seductive debut of the Korean director is a bittersweet essay on trust and misunderstandings, sparkling with absurd humour and brilliant editing, inviting viewers to the game of astonishing visual connotations.
original title: Megi
South Korea 2018, 88’
in Polish theatres from 15 May 2020
A little hospital is rocked by a scandal when a certain X-ray plate comes into light: it contains inconvertible evidence that some couple played a doctor in the laboratory. Yoon-young, a nurse, takes the blame together with her boyfriend who can sketch cosmic ink tattoos. Meanwhile, almost all the employees take sick leave – isn’t their conscience that clear? How is it related to the deep craters which suddenly appear on the streets of Seoul? And what does a talking catfish think of it all?
The Korean director’s debut film is an episodic essay on sincerity, trust and devastating misunderstandings. Each frame is candy and brilliant editing invites viewers to join the game of astonishing visual connotations. The light form, however, is lined with discreet melancholy, while brief verbal exchanges between the characters hide more than neat anecdotes. Deep holes in the pavements seem to cause fewer problems to the city inhabitants than the gaps opened in their interpersonal relations.
Born in 1987, she graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts and Korean Academy of Film Arts. Her original short films gave her the status of a new hope of Korean independent cinema. At Five Flavours she will present "Maggie" – her feature debut shown at film festivals, including Rotterdam and Busan.
2012 RAZ on Air (short)
2014 A Dangerous Woman (short)
2017 Girls on Top (short)
2018 Maggie / Megi / Maggie
director: Yi Ok-seop
screenplay: Yi Ok-seop, Koo Kyo-hwan
cinematography: Lee Jaeu
editing: Yi Ok-seop, Koo Kyo-hwan
cast: Lee Ju-young, Moon So-ri, Koo Kyo-hwan
producer: Koo Kyo-hwan