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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 15:00
Balthazar Auxietre
Romanian Premiere
A computer animated rendition of a South Korean soldier’s patrol along the country’s demilitarized border (DMZ) with North Korea, 489 Years, by Hayoun Kwon, deals with the (im)possibility of representing and experiencing the liminal space of borders - as limits dividing more than simple geographies. Employing a gamer’s FPS (first-person-shooter) perspective, with photo-realistic accuracy of CGI and the vivid imagery of storytelling, the narrator walks us through his routine path along the DMZ under the cloak of darkness and growing tension at the unseen enemy. Until a moment of terror strikes him still, becoming an instant of serendipity and wonder, of experiencing beauty in the least likely of places. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)

Hayoun Kwon

Hayoun Kwon is a multimedia artist and documentary director from South Korea born in 1981. She graduated from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in 2011 and she lives and works in France and in Korea. Her films Lack of Evidence (2011) and Model Village (2014) have been awarded several times and shown at a number of film festivals including the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The reflection on identity and borders is central to her previous works. She has focused more specifically on the construction of historical and individual memory and their ambivalent relationship to reality and fiction. Her filmography includes 489 Years (2016),  Model Village (2014), Lack of Evidence (2011) and Walls (2010).

Festivals, awards: 
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2016
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2017
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016
  • Message to Man Film Festival
  • Uppsala International Film Festival
  • Winterthur International Short Film Festival
  • Berlin International Short Film Festival
Curatorial comment:
Through this title, we enter into a universe of unreality in which the imaginary is immediately summoned. It’s this specific mental space that HAYOUN KWON works on, stages and reconstructs. In this zone that is the product of human insanity, a world of fiction emerges: it will remain an uninhabitable space in which nature has taken over. Today, almost sixty years later, the mines are covered with vegetation and wild animals have invaded the area. The soldiers that maneuver in that area are thus exposed to both military and natural risks. In the soldier’s story recorded by the artist, he makes reference to an anecdote that combines both dread and poetry. Hayoun Kwon materializes this story, as it faces 489 Years, through sculptures, a recorded story and digital images. Sensorial, perceptible and subjective memory are what interest her most. (Jérôme Diacre, galeriedohyanglee.com)