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Fiction, Experimental ㅣ JEONJU Lab: Short

Plant

LEE Myeonglyun
Korea 15min 2K Color Fiction, Experimental
Production StatusScenario Development
Goal of ParticipationFilm Festival Screening, Co-production, Financing, World Sales
Production budget13,170,000 KRW
Budget Required8,170,000 KRW
Secured budget JEONJU International Film Festival [Production Support Grant] : 5,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

Dandelion seeds scattered by an 8-year-old girl, Dalae, take root in the deep wounds of a person dying alone in her studio.

SYNOPSIS

An 8-year-old girl, Dalae, has no friends and plays alone. One day, Dalae blows dandelion seeds, which fall through the window of someone’s studio. In the studio, there is a young woman who has attempted suicide by slitting her wrist. One of the dandelion seeds falls into the deep cuts on her wrist. A dying woman pats the dandelion seed. After a while, the woman stops breathing, and the dandelion seed takes root in the dead person’s wounds and sprouts. The sprout grows in the sun and rain, using the dead woman’s body as a source of nutrients.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The plants around us mean life. They provide oxygen for us to breathe and comfort our weary hearts. Surely we should have enough interaction and companionship with them… and that’s how this story came to be.

In this story, the characters are the dead person and Dalae, but at the center of it, there is a plant. The plant was passively driven by Dalae and nourished by the dead woman’s body. But when the plant grows well, it becomes an active agent and gives people comfort. So this film shows the growth from the plant’s point of view. I hope that the audience will also be able to connect with plants and be comforted by them.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
At times that are hard and tiring, I often go up the mountain behind my neighborhood. I was always grateful for the comfort that plants gave. When I think about it, plants give people great comfort just by growing well. So I wanted to make a film where plants grow, from the perspective of plants.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
Plants cannot move or speak. However, I hope that the audience feels a sense of comfort through the plants growing well even in ironic situations.
DIRECTOR
LEE Myeonglyun
Born in 1991, Jeonju, Korea. He majored in visual design and began studying film at Hankyoreh Film School. His most recent work is Boom (2022). He loves everything that is made by hand.
Boom (2022)
PRODUCER
HONG Juyoung
Born in 1998. She majored in design and began studying film at Hankyoreh Film School. Her recent works include Monster (2021).
Monster (2021)
CONTACTmyunglyun@naver.com
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