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Mermaid Unlimited

dir. O Muel
South Korea 2017, 106’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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25 Nov, 10:00 – 6 Dec
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South Korea 2017
Duration: 106’
director: O Muel
screenplay: Jeon Byeon-won
cast: Jeon Hye-bin, Moon Hee-kyung, Lee Kyung-joon, Ha Sung-min
producer: Ko Hyuk-jin, Kwon Mi-hee
production: Mirospace
language: Korean
colouration: colour

Film description

An unruly, troublesome Olympic swimmer is sent to a rocky island notoriously underrepresented in sports. She is supposed to train a group of women cultivating the traditional art of shell diving to create a synchronized swimming team, but the women are very suspicious towards the ideas of a city girl who cannot appreciate their mastery. Diving into the local community proves to be much harder than the Olympic rivalry, but it can also be an important lesson for both sides of the quarrel.

This daring story about overcoming the limits, the painstakingly hard process of forging solidarity among women, and the meaning of sport rivalry, is also extremely entertaining and provides a remarkable insight into the unique culture of Jeju. The island, also known as the "Korean Hawaii," has recently become one of the postcard attractions of the peninsula, but in O Muel's film, neatly combining crazy humor with real emotions, we can see it from a completely different, non-tourist perspective and make friends with its inhabitants, who do not open their world for just anyone.

Jagoda Murczyńska

O Muel

Born in 1971, a Korean painter, film and theatrical director, performer and culture animator, bound with the Jeju island, situated South from the Korean Penninsula. A member of a film collective Terror J, leader of an Independent Association of Jeju Filmmakers. The author of four feature films, all of which take place on his home island.


2011 Yodo / Wind of Islands
2011 Pong Doll
2011 Eoyigeu, Jeo Gwitgeot
2012 Jiseul
2014 Ha-neul-ui Hwang-geum-ma-cha / Golden Chariots in the Sky
2017 Pa-mi-reu / Pamir
2017 Wyspa syren / In-eo-jeon-seol / Mermaids Unlimited
2018 Nun-kkeo-pul / Eyelids

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