INVITATION (16', South Korea, 2012)

Screening: Su, 15 Dec., Elvira Popescu Cinema, 5:00pm

Winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival, INVITATION is a touching minimalist film about loss, grief and the need for consolation. Kyungsook attends her husband’s funeral. Thanks to a minute calibration in acting and directing, we can viscerally feel her inner struggle to not lose her poise in a time when everything else seems lost. She looks through her man's things, trying to calm down at least for a minute. His possessions however don’t bring back pleasant memories from the past, but give her, bit by bit, reasons to believe that there was another person in his life who should be invited to the ceremony.



Cast: Lee Sang-Hee, Lee Min-Ji, An Young-Hyun

Screenplay: Yoo Min-Young

Cinematography: Choi Min-Ho

Art Direction: Son Ja-Yun

Editing: Yoo Min-Young

Music: Kim Baek-Jun

Sound: Ahn Sun-Yoo, Kim Baek-Jun

Producer: Im Tae-Gyu

Production: Chung-Ang University


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YOO MIN-YOUNG (b. 1988, Seoul) graduated from the Chung-Ang University and got her BA in film directing. She is presently studying at the Korean National University of Arts. INVITATION, her graduation work, received the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival 2012.



ORIZZONTI Award for Best Short film – Venice Film Festival 2012

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2013

Seoul Independent Film Festival 2012

Asia Pacific Film Festival Hong Kong 2012

Kosmorama Trondheim film Festival Norway 2013

Cortisonici Short Film Festival Italy 2013

Moscow K-Shorts Festival 2013

Busan International Short Film Festival Korea 2013

Korean-Chinese University Film Festival China 2012


“The public display of emotions in the Far East can be confusing for a foreigner. But INVITATION goes beyond the mere cultural issue of what is and what is not appropriate to be expressed in public, focusing on the reaction of a person in a painful and extreme situation. The director and scriptwriter YOO-MIN YOUNG puts even more weight on the initial mourning process by launching the suspicion of adultery. Thanks to a minute calibration from the part of the director and of the actress, the viewer can catch sight of Kyungsook’s inner struggle to not lose her poise in a time when everything else seems lost. And the other woman isn’t demonized, actually seeming to be the only one Kyungsook can empathize with. The adoption of an austere representational style can only double the diegetic uneasiness caused by the shame of the invitee. The wide geometric shots of an artificially-lit corridor where a woman is trying to literally fit into someone else’s shoes convey the film’s core, as it is summed up by the director: Her husband died. She found a pair of shoes in his car.” (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2013)