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Fiction ㅣ JEONJU Cinema Project: Next Edition

Lucky, Apartment

KANGYU Garam
Korea 90min 4K Color Fiction
Production StatusScenario Development
Goal of ParticipationFinancing, Film Festival Screening
Production budget294,860,000 KRW
Budget Required139,860,000 KRW
Secured budget Korea Film Council[Production Fund] : 150,000,000 KRW · JEONJU International Film Festival[JEONJU Cinema Fund First Fund Grant] : 5,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

Seonwoo and Heeseo are a lesbian couple living in an apartment they bought by putting everything together. But as an unpleasant odor comes from downstairs, a war of nerves between the two begins.

SYNOPSIS

Lesbian couple Seonwoo and Heeseo dream of a stable living environment and buy a small apartment, which they’ve put everything for. But when Seonwoo loses her job and injures her leg in the recession, their relationship begins to sour while Heeseo is sorely responsible for paying the mortgage and interest. While staying at home, Seonwoo tries to find a job, but it’s not easy. Her stress level reaches a fever pitch when a foul odor starts to emanate from downstairs. They are shocked to discover that a woman downstairs has died in solitude. When the smell doesn’t go away even after the body is gone, Heeseo is also stressed, and Seonwoo tries to help her. However, Seonwoo’s behavior only causes chaos in the apartment. Heeseo doesn’t understand Seonwoo’s actions and they have a big fight. Will the couple be able to resolve their problems and return to a happy life?

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Lucky, Apartment is based on a real-life conflict between a longtime same-sex couple and the class differences within the couple over the ‘home’ they are creating. The film attempts to portray the contradictions and hatred in Korean society in a dense and realistic way. The protagonists face the death of a woman downstairs, in an apartment, they moved into with dreams of good fortune and a stable place, but they are confronted with the deeply internalized hatred of minorities in Korean society. Previously a conflict-avoidant couple, they eventually deal with the issues they have been ignoring and grow to the next level. Through this, the film aims to show that attention and solidarity for others can sometimes lead to changes in one’s own life.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
This project started when a friend told me that someone living downstairs had died and my friend suffered from the smell of a dead body. It happened in an apartment, and it was surprising that no one paid attention to it. I began to craft a story with my questions: why did no one care, didn’t it actually smell? I made this film while thinking about what happens when the distance between houses is short and the houses look homogenous, but heterogenous beings appear alongside.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
The incident that causes a crisis in the protagonist couple’s relationship leads to a change that makes them face the core of their relationship. It would be great if we could think about how concern for others can sometimes be a salvation in our own lives and how it is possible to mourn the death of someone you don’t know.
DIRECTOR
KANGYU Garam
She won the Best Korean Documentary Award at the 3rd DMZ Docs for My Father’s House (2011), a film about familism and real estate issues in Korean society. She received the Documentary Director Award at the 7th Wildflower Film Awards for her film Itaewon (2016), which explores the changing lives and spaces of women living in a military camp town. She won the Korean Feature Competition Award at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Seoul Independent FF for Us, day by day (2019). Her work focuses on documenting changes in women’s lives and spaces.
My Father’s House (2011), Itaewon (2016), Us, day by day (2019)
PRODUCER
KANG Hyunah
Her first production, Dear My Genius (2018), which depicts the story of a family reflecting the reality of education in Korea, premiered at the 23rd Busan IFF and was released in Korea in 2020. Her second production, Home Ground, documents the lesbian space in Korean society and won the Audience Award and Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award at the 14th DMZ Docs.
Dear My Genius (2018), Home Ground (2022)
CONTACTmotomy@naver.com
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