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Little Forest

Liteul Poleseuteu
dir. Yim Soon-rye
South Korea 2018, 103’
subtitles: Polish and English

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25 Nov, 10:00 – 6 Dec
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South Korea 2018
Duration: 103’
director: Yim Soon-rye
screenplay: Seong-gu Hwang, Daisuke Igarashi
cinematography: Lee Seung-hoon
editing: Kim Seon-min
cast: Tae-ri Kim, Jun-Yeol Ryu, So-Ri Moon, Ki-joo Jin, Guk-hyang Jeon
producer: Jenna Ku, Phillipe Vicente
production: Watermelon Pictures Co., Ltd.
language: Korean
colouration: colour

Film description

Hye-won did not find what she was looking for in the big city, so she leaves her temporary job in Seoul and returns to a small town where she grew up. In the city she always felt hungry – now, in the familiar surroundings, she discovers memories full of flavors and aromas, trying to recreate the food of her childhood, and to restore her life balance, step by step.

This adaptation of a Japanese manga is a love letter to real food, filled with the taste of sun-kissed fruit and the tenderness of the hard-working hands that prepared it. The director, a plant-based cuisine enthusiast herself, focuses on this aspect of Korean food, demonstrating the potential of local, seasonal produce. This light, unhurried story is a true feast for the senses and a refreshment for the city-worn spirit.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Yim Soon-rye

Director and producer, she has been recognized by critics and viewers for her gentle but powerful directing in films such as "Three Friends" and "Waikiki Brothers". She often tells stories of women’s lives and marginalized lives in a plain format and calm narrative. Her works are welcomed warmly by the audience, becoming box office hits - such as "Forever the Moment" (2008), based on the true story of the 2004 Korean women’s national handball team that won the silver medal at the Athens Olympics or "Whistleblower" (2014) which takes after the story of the fraudulent stem cell scientist. Besides of filmmaking she's engaged in ecological movements, and has a leadership position at an animal protection group.


1994 Ujungsanchaek / Promenade in the Rain (kr. m.)

1996 Se Chingu / Three Friends

2001 Waikiki Beuradeoseu / Waikiki Brothers

2003 Yeoseotgaeui Siseon / If You Were Me

2008 Woori Saengae Choegoui Soongan / Forever the Moment

2014 Jeboja / Whistle Blower

2018 Kawałek ziemi / Liteul Poleseuteu / Little Forest

2020 Gyoseop / The Point Men

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