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WED NOV 7

9:25 PM (*start time has changed)

INNIS TOWN HALL

Artist Talk with Kim Kyung-mook


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STATELESS THINGS

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TORONTO PREMIERE | RATED 18A

Director: Kim Kyung-mook (in attendance) | South Korea 2011 | 115:00 | DCP | Korean w/ English subtitles
Producer: Park Jin-weon | Writer: Kim Kyung-mook | Cinematographer: Kang Kuk-hyun | Editors: Kim Kyung-mook, Shin Ye-jin
Sound: Kim Wan-dong | Music: Lee Min-hee | Cast: Paul Lee, Yeom Hyun-joon, Kim Sae-byuk 

Official Selection–Venice Film Festival 2011
Official Selection–International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012

Official Selection–Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012

*DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE SCREENING START TIME HAS CHANGED FROM 9:15PM TO 9:25PM. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Stateless Things
is a dark and dreamy parable that tells the story of two disparate, lonely young men trapped both physically and psychologically by their status in the heartless megacity of Seoul. North Korean migrant Jun scrapes by at menial jobs, working at a gas station and handing out flyers. He lives in constant fear because of his illegal status. Meanwhile, rudderless young gay hustler Hyeon is in over his head with no place to go, and is being held hostage emotionally by his very rich and very married older lover.

Busan native Kim Kyung-mook portrays the city of Seoul in a way not often seen–as fragmented and broken, just like Jun and Hyeon. Reflecting the city, Stateless Things is structured in separate pieces: Jun inhabits the older, established North Side, while Hyeon resides in the nouveau riche South. Crossing over in glimpses, Jun and Hyeon’s stories eventually converge in the fateful third act, and the previously distinct narratives come together in tragedy and hope.

Critic, programmer and leading Asian film advocate Tony Rayns noted that, “no director has arrived on the Korean indie scene with more impact than Kim Kyung-mook.” Kim is a true independent whose films address the unseen margins of Korean society in both fiction and documentary genres. Stateless Things is a thought-provoking look at how one can escape one’s personal prison, and shows Kim’s fearless dictum that rules, both in filmmaking and society, are made to be broken.

- Aram Siu Wai Collier

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Kim Kyung-mook dropped out of school at the age of 16 and moved to Seoul. From 2001 to 2004, under the pen name Kyum, he worked as a journalist and columnist for publications Hankyoreh and Outsider. In 2004, he began studying film and made his directorial debut with Me and Doll Playing. His first feature length film, Faceless Things, was completed in 2005 and screened in various prestigious national and international film festivals. Both films have won prizes and accolades. Stateless Things is his third feature film.

REVIEWS:
"Kim Kyung-mook’s past work in documentary shows through here in Stateless’ observational tone that carries just a hint of commentary...simple actions infuse the story with a sense of simmering anxiety [and] the largely unknown cast’s naturalistic performances help that along, and underpin the characters’ untethered lives." - Hollywood Reporter

"Lensing by Kang Kook-hyun is elegant and deeply satisfying, luxuriating in contrasts between the city's brutal cacophony and the warm lighting of the sophisticated yet sterile penthouse." - Variety

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VENUE INFO:

Venue:
Innis Town Hall/Innis College   -   Map
Street:
2 Sussex Av @ St. George
City:
Toronto