||BIFF Mecenat Fund
||Jero YUN, Marte VOLD
||South Korea / Norway / Denmark
Born in Busan, he studied Art and Cinema in France. His short film Promise was awarded Grand Prize in Asiana ISFF (2011). In 2012, he wrote first feature film (Fiction) in the Cannes Residency. In 2013, he made a documentary Looking for North Koreans which was awarded Honorable Mention prize in Cinema Planeta in Mexico(2013), selected in Hamburg Film Festival (nominated for Best Political Documentary) and Jihlava IDFF (nominated Best Documentary), etc. He co-directed The Pig with Taiwanese director Singing Chen in Omnibus Taipei Factory which was selected in Directors' Fortnight in Cannes Film Festival 2013, Busan IFF, Hongkong IFF, etc. His last documentary Mrs. B. A North Korean Woman (2016), co-produced by France and South Korea, was selected in Jeonju IFF, ACID Cannes, and awarded Best Documentary in Moscow IFF. His short film Hitchhiker was selected in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2016.
Born in Norway, she studied Art and Cinema. As DOP and filmmaker, she made music videos, documentaries, experimentals, fictions, etc. In 2013, she co-directed first feature film Out of Nature with Ole Giæver which was selected in Toronto IFF 2014 and Berlin Panorama section 2015. Her last short film Totem was selected in MoMA New Directors, New Films in 2016.
Marte(39) is the mother of two children, living in Oslo Norway. She starts sending audiovisual letters with stories of her everyday life to a Koren friend Jero (37), who lives in Seoul. Soon, this letter becomes a medium for a man and a woman living across the world to communicate and understand each other.
The two directors Marte Vold and Jero Yun met in Copenhagen for the first time in 2015. From similar generations, the Norwegian and Korean became interested in the differences of the environment, culture, and language each has grown up in. The video became a medium for them to get to know each other. The work Letters was created in memory of the hand-written letters that pen pals used to exchange before the birth of the internet.
Marte Bold, 39 years old, is the mother of two children. As a mother (a parent), Marte shows Jero her social position as a woman and the human warmth found in her everyday life with her children. Jero, 37 years old, lives in a small flat in Seoul with his cat. Occasionally seeing his parents living in Busan, through his relationship with an alcohol-dependent father and a devoted Christian mother, he shares with Marte his social position and his gaze on parents from the child’s perspective.
Although Marte and Jero are living on the other side of the world from each other, they communicate through this film, discovering differences and commonalities. Thus they present to the audience a deep sense of humanism that can be found amongst everyday life and the relationship with one’s family.