Alone

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    Alone

    Directed by

    South Korea

    2015

    90 min

    • Korean

    Comedy drama

    It’s broad daylight in a shantytown and a man witnesses a woman being murdered by masked men on the rooftop of a nearby building. He tries to surreptitiously take a photo the event but is seen. He runs away and hides in his studio apartment but the men soon find him, bashing his head in with a hammer and knocking him out. After being unconscious for some time, the man wakes up in the middle of the night to find himself naked and abandoned in the center of town. To his even greater surprise, he comes across a crying child. Where is he and who is this kid? ALONE is the hellish nightmare of a man who meets a child abused by his father, finds his lover covered in blood, and has an unusual encounter with his mother. He tries to escape the nightmare, but he ends up always returning to the same place. A bit like one of Escher’s paintings, the shantytown in ALONE is not just a setting, but also one of the film’s main characters.

    Awards

    • Citizen Critics' Award, Best Actor (Ju-Won Lee) - Busan IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Lee Ju-won
    Song You-hyun
    Yoon Young-min
    Kim Dong-hyun
    Lee Sung-uk
    Kwon Young-hwan
    Nam Yeon-woo
    Noh Seung-woo
    Screenplay
    Cha Hye-jin
    Park Hong-min
    Cinematography
    Kim Byeong-jung
    Editing
    Park Hong-min
    Music
    Oh Su-jin
    Sales
    M-LINE DISTRIBUTION
    Production
    NONGBU FILM

    Press

    Bold, unique and compelling.

    Jason Bechervaise, Screen Daily

    With a presence that is at once physical and timid and a countenance that captures his character's growing confusion.

    Pierce Conran, Twitch FIlm

    Park  Hong-min

    Park Hong-min

    South Korea

    Park Hong-min graduated from the Department of Broadcasting and Communication at Hallym University, earned a degree in directing at Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts, and received an MFA in directing from Dongguk University. He debuted with 3D feature film, A FISH (2011), which was invited to various film festivals, including Busan International Film Festival 2011, where the film won the Citizen Critics’ Award; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012, where it was nominated for a Tiger Award; and also receiving special mention at Vancouver International Film Festival 2012. His second feature film, ALONE (2015), won the Citizen Critics’ Award and the Actor of the Year Award at Busan International Film Festival 2015, won a Jury Award at the Seoul Independent Film Festival 2015, and has also been invited to major film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 and Vancouver International Film Festival 2016.

    Selected Filmography