A Bedsore, dir. Shim Hyejung, 2019, 110 min., Korean with English subtitles
The domestic life of retired man Chang-sik and his bed-ridden wife Gil-soon begins to collapse when Gil-soon develops a bedsore that refuses to heal. The tense situation throws the precarious status of Gil-soon’s caretaker Sook-ok (an undocumented Korean Chinese immigrant) into sharp relief, culminating in an awkward confrontation between husband and caretaker. While the older couple’s adult children reprimand their father for crossing boundaries and violating the caretaker’s dignity, old familial wounds reveal themselves.
This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Shim Hyejung, moderated by writer Ming Ho.
Screening as part of the LKFF 2019’s Women’s Voices programme strand.
Shim Hyejung is Seoul-born film director and artist with a filmography which includes a variety of genres. Her experimental shorts include Lost voices
(2016), Searching for Nasi Goreng
(2016), and Dancing Hunter & Rabbit
(2014). Other shorts include Kimchi
(2012), Heels Over Head
(2015) and Camellias in bloom
(2016). Shimâ€™s films have screened at Seoul International New Media Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Seoul Independent Film Festival and many more leading film festivals in Korea. In 2017, Camellias in bloom
was nominated for the short film competition in the 38th Blue Dragon Awards. A Bedsore
is her first feature film.
Ming Ho is a screenwriter, script editor, and active campaigner on issues surrounding dementia and care. After working across a slate of British film and TV dramas including EastEnders, Casualty, Heartbeat, and The Bill, Ming took a career break to care for her mother who lives with dementia, and has since returned to the industry with a focus on original work for the stage, screen, and radio. Her play, The Things We Never Said, aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2017 and won Best Radio Drama in the 2018 Writersâ€™ Guild Awards.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019
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