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Fiction ㅣ JEONJU Lab: Short

The Cold Breath

KIM Taehwi
Korea 20min 4K Color Fiction
Production StatusPre-Production
Goal of ParticipationCo-production, World Sales, Film Festival Screening
Production budget10,000,000 KRW
Budget Required5,000,000 KRW
Secured budget JEONJU International Film Festival [Production Support Grant] : 5,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

Seoli, a 34-year-old woman who lives in a remote rural home and feels the chill even in the middle of summer, borrows water from a neighbor’s house with her young son when the water cut off late at night.

SYNOPSIS

Late at night on a rural summer day, after returning from work, Seoli (34 years old, female) takes her son Han (8 years old, male) to her husband’s friend Seonju (42 years old, female) to borrow water since water is cut off at Seoli’s house due to unannounced construction of the town’s water pipes. Unlike Han, Seoli is uncomfortable visiting unfamiliar neighbors. She is unable to bathe at Seonju’s place as she feels chilly even in the middle of summer. In contrast to Seori’s attempts to distance herself from her neighbors, Seonju shows interest in her. After talking to Seonju late at night, Seoli decides to stay the night at her place and sleeps with her in the main room. However, due to the chill, Seoli is unable to fall asleep and tosses and turns. Sneaking into the kitchen, Seoli pours water from the bathroom into a pot and heats it up on the stove. As she warms her hands in the hot water, Seoli is caught by Seonju and tells Seonju her secret…

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The story started with the fundamental question of why others live their entire lives in their husband’s territory. At the same time, through the character of Seoli, who lives with a sense of strangeness, I wanted to portray a story of moving away from mistrust in relationships and living as ‘herself’ in solidarity.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
I was born and raised in a rural village. As a child, the experience of borrowing water from the neighbor's house became the basis of this story. I wanted to connect my childhood experience with the present 'me', and finally, I put together the images and expressions that I consider the film.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
Although it is a short journey of the main character, Seori, and a story that deals with events that take place in just one night, I hope that the audience will be immersed in the breath Seori and Seonju shared that night and the hidden history of that breath. Some may feel the heat in hot water and sweat, while others may feel the warmth in the warm water and soak their skin in it. Whatever it is, I hope the film remains as an image and feel for the audience.
DIRECTOR
KIM Taehwi
Born in 1995, Jeungpyeong, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea. He graduated in 2021 from Jeonbuk National University College of Humanities, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do where he majored in History and French Studies. In 2018, he completed his studies at the Jeonbuk Short Film Production School, organized by the Jeonbuk Independent Film Association, and has since written and directed three short films based on Jeonju. In 2022, he directed his first feature film, The Burglars based on a scenario he developed at Jeonju Film School. He is currently working on the post-production.
Swimming pool (2019), Sunrise (2020), <,i>The Sword Dancer (2021)
PRODUCER
KIM Kyumin
Born in 1996, Seoul, she moved to Jangsu, Jeollabuk-do as a child and has been living in Jangsu and Jeonju ever since. She graduated from Jeonbuk University College of Humanities in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do where he studied Philosophy and Korean Literature. She has completed filmmaking workshops at various local institutions such as JEONJU cine complex and Jeonju Public Media Center. In 2021, she wrote and directed the short film Bone and Flesh, which won the Grand Prize at the Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival and Special Mention Award at the CMR-Directors Week. She is now drafting a feature film scenario.
The Christmas (2019), Bone and Flesh (2021)
CONTACTteawhui540@naver.com
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