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Fiction ㅣ JEONJU Cinema Project: Next Edition

Alcestis

MA Xue
China,Korea 100min 4K Color Fiction
Production StatusPre-Production
Goal of ParticipationFinancing
Production budget500,000,000 KRW
Budget Required150,000,000 KRW
Secured budget Dreama Pictures (Self-funding)[-] : 300,000,000 KRW · Yilu Partners (Self-funding)[-] : 50,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

The pain and anguish of care... A story about enduring reality through family, all the while liberating each other from the exhausting life with no end in sight.

SYNOPSIS

After Xiao Fang and Wonyoung stumble across each other at Xiao Fang's father's nursing home, the two cherish each other's encounter. As if they had known each other for a long time, they understood each other well and believed they were in love. They tie the knot in great haste and start a sweet honeymoon life. The marriage, however, is only a small part of each of their plans. The beginning you think is not the true beginning. The real beginning has already begun quietly without you knowing. Sudden breakup with Xiao Fang brings Wonyoung one step closer to the truth, but is that truth the real truth? Or is it just the truth he wants to believe? He will carry the shackle that is 'family', and continue to live in the vortex of truth-seeking.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Alcestis is a story that deals with the social problem of family care for a single child due to the increase of nuclear families. Living as a nursing family for a long time involves mental and physical pain that love alone cannot endure. Unlike in the beginning, you only become more and more lethargic in the rough tunnel where you do not know the end. What would be the last choice of a human being obsessed with the desire to escape from the present reality? Are humans beings that force others to sacrifice in order to comfort themselves? Even though a family, is parental support a duty or a choice for the children? Through those of whom the truth itself has become meaningless due to the weight of their lives, we intend to make a film to reflect on families in modern society and think about the truth of love for each other as well as its seamy side.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
Over the past three years, every time I’ve visited my father’s sanatorium in Beijing, I’ve noticed its unique environment. Not only it is well-equipped in every way, but I felt very peaceful. One interesting observation I made was that the doors to the elderly people’s rooms were often open, but the hallways were very quiet and empty. I suddenly found myself drawn to this extreme stillness. I wondered who would walk through this open door, so I started writing a scenario. Although my father passed away in a sanatorium earlier this year, this story will forever be an emotional connection between him and me.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
In a quiet sanatorium hallway, a man and a woman encounter each other, and eventually get to know each other. Their encounter is a coincidence at first glance, but if you watch the film, you’ll see it was inevitable. Even a random encounter can become a soul connection that is hard to leave, especially when you consider the nature of the encountering space. I hope that the film will help audiences see the truth of humans beyond the confines of environment and space.
DIRECTOR
MA Xue
Born in 1980 Beijing, China. She received a double degree in Korean and art from Peking University. She made her directorial debut with White River.
White River (2022), Sonata of Wave (2023)
PRODUCER
Jane ZHENG
Jane Zheng followed these up with Dead Pigs (2018), directed by Cathy Yan, which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. In 2018/2019, Jane produced The Farewell (2019), which was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language at the 2019 Golden Globes and won a multitude of other major awards. It became a huge commercial success worldwide. Her latest feature documentary project Found was picked up by Netflix and released worldwide in 2021.
Dead Pigs (2018), The Farewell (2019)
BANG Moonhwan
Born in 1975, Korea. He participated in three films including Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019).
Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019), Sonata of Wave (2023)
CONTACTyilupartners@naver.com
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