Han Gong-Ju

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    Han Gong-Ju

    Directed by

    South Korea


    112 min

    • Korean


    Busan IFF

    After an incident, a Korean teenage girl is transferred to another school, where she stays with the mother of her new teacher. She makes friends and is asked to join an a cappella choir. But the past will not leave her in peace.
    As a victim, how do you come to terms with a traumatic event if the whole world seems to blame you for it? That’s the question facing 17-year-old Han Gong-Ju. After an incident in the small Korean village where she grew up, she is banished; sent to the large port of Incheon. Here, the viewer becomes acquainted with Gong-Ju: lonely, isolated. She shyly seeks solace with the grumpy old woman who has taken her into her home, for instance by working for her in her small supermarket. At school, she slowly allows her classmate Eun-Hee to make friends with her, and she allows herself to be enrolled in the local a cappella singing group with apparent reluctance. But everything is coloured by that incident in the past that remains shrouded in mist for the viewer for a long time.


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    • Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • Golden Star - Marrakech IFF
    • Jury Prize, Critic's Prize, Audience Award - Deauville Asian FF
    • Citizen Reviewer's Award - Busan IFF
    • British Film Institute Certificate - Giffoni FF
    • Best Feature Length Fiction Film, Noves Visions - Sitges FF
    • Best Feature Length Non-Fiction Film, Noves Visions - Sitges FF



    Chun Woo-hee
    Jung In-Sun
    Kim So-Young
    Lee Young-Ran
    KimChoi Yong-Joon
    Su-Jin Lee
    Jae-Sik Hong
    Hyun-Sook Choi
    Tae-Sung Kim


    An impressive debut driven by a timeline-blurring narrative and nuanced performances.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Lee Sujin

    Lee Sujin

    South Korea

    Lee Sujin is South Korean screenwriter and director. His short film PAPA (2004) was awarded a Korean Film Archive Award at Seoul Independent FF. His following short ENEMY'S APPLE (2007) received an award at the Mise-en scene's Short Film Festival, one of the most prestigious short film festival in South-Korea. His roll of honour continues with his debut feature A CAPPELLA, which won two awards at Busan, Tiger Award at Rotterdam IFF, the top prize at the film festival of Marrakech and several awards at Deauville Asian FF.