Letters

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    Letters

    Directed by

    Norway

    2017

    74 min

    • English
    • Korean
    • Norwegian

    Experimental

    Marte Vold and Jero Yun are two filmmakers from two different parts of the world. They exchange letters in the form of moving pictures from their lives in Oslo and Seoul. Andrei Tarkovsky writes in his essay book, “Sculpting in Time” about temporal pressure and refers in that sense to the feeling of filmed time. In 2015, Vold and Yung began their cooperation with Letters. They allowed their penpal-like communication in images take its time and unfold into uncomfortable, intimate and sometimes painful ways that life often does. Subjects arose and were untangled from partially repressed memories. Childhood, mothers, motherhood, national identity, the body, sudden disease and holidays are some of the subjects brought to attention in their highly personal and beautiful communication.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Marte Vold
    Jero Yun
    Cinematography
    Marte Vold
    Jero Yun
    Editing
    Nadia Ben Rachid
    Jero Yun

    Director's Statement

    The primary agent in LETTERS is time. Time is what allowed us to unhurriedly gather material, not having to decide on its significance or value or meaning—letting life unfold in the awkward, intimate, painful and mysterious ways it often does. With time, themes also started emerging, entangled with memories. Our mothers, and for Marte`s part also motherhood, became urgent matters. LETTERS was a very specific kind of temporal commitment.

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    Jéro Yun

    Jéro Yun

    South Korea

    It is my intention, however, to give great importance to a "physical" feeling.

    Born in Busan, Jéro Yun studied Art and Cinema in France. After his short film, PROMISE (2011), won Grand Prize at the Asiana International Short Film Festival 2011, he produced and directed several more short films. Two of his movies were selected at Cannes Film Festival 2016; MRS. B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (2016) in the ACID, and HITCHHIKER (2016) in Directors′ Fortnight. That same year, he won Best Documentary at both the Moscow International Film Festival 2016 and Zurich Film Festival 2016 with MRS. B, A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (2016). His feature film documentary, LETTERS (2017), co-directed with Marte Vold, and co-produced with Norwegian production company Mer Film, was in competition at Busan International Film Festival 2017, Göteborg Film Festival 2018, and CPH:DOX Film Festival 2018. He has just finished feature film, BEAUTIFUL DAYS (2018), starring famous actress Lee Na-young, to be released in Korea this year and produced by Peppermint&company; production company of THE WITCH (Park Hoon-jung, 2018), V.I.P (Park Hoon-jung, 2017), and I SAW THE DEVIL (Kim Jee-woon, 2010).

    Selected Filmography

    Marte Vold

    Marte Vold

    Norway

    Marte Vold is a director and cinematographer born in 1976 in Tromsø, Norway. She graduated from The Art Academy in Oslo in 2005 and The Norwegian International Film School in Lillehammer in 2008. She has experience from directing, photography and light-design. In 2014, she co-directed OUT OF NATURE with Ole Giæver, which was selected within the latest edition of Toronto International Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography