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Jeonju Digital Project 2013: Strangers
OVER THERE
 
Director_ Zhang Lu
 
Korea 2013 42min HD color shorts
Overview

“People exist as landscape to each other for much of their time. This coldness sometimes inspires you. The scenery is still the same, but the impression has changed slowly.” The first documentary film of Zhang Lu, the cineaste who has shed light on the people stood on borderline.

Review

Zhang Lu’s focus is on the objects exist in the landscape, rather than the landscape itself. In this film, his focuses on the struggles of immigrant laborers in Korea. Their presence is identified in the street landscapes of Guro-dong, Garibong-dong, Sillim-dong in Seoul, and Ansan in Kyeongki-do. This documentary suggests us to break our strides and observe their daily lives for a while. The camera looks into them patiently, and delivers their voices in a deliberate manner. Some of them talk about their unsuccessful attempts to adapt to their newly-gained lives, and remind us how their struggles for hope ended up in vain. The camera avoids commenting and tries to intensify their presence by calling them out from being hidden in the landscape to the center of the images. That is how the director expresses solidarity with the strangers. What is weird is that the familiar landscapes to which they are belong to seems utterly strange to us. We’ve been objectifying ourselves, as well as we’ve been doing so to them. Though depicting the landscape of Korea as a cruel, merciless space, the documentary holds both grief and compassion.

CREDIT
  • DirectorZHANG Lu
  • ProducerLeila JO
  • CinematographyCHO Youngjik
  • SoundKIM Bong-soo, LEE Kie-jun
EditorCHOI Kyoung-yoon
DIRECTOR
Zhang Lu
 
Born in China, 1962. Without any background of film industry, ZHANG Lu had made surprise debut. His first short Eleven was invited to Venice International Film Festival. His first feature film Tang Poetry was shown at international film festivals of Locarno, Vancouver, London, Hong Kong and Jeonju. His second feature film Grain in Ear won ACID Prize at 58th Cannes, the Grand Prize at 41th Pesaro and New Currents Prize at Busan International Film Festival. By the time Hyazgar was competed at Berlin International Film Festival, He has renown as ´poetic cineaste´. His lifetime subject was alienated people stuck between two different worlds. He had flied back and forth between Korea and China shooting border riders: His twins movie Iri and Chongging each took a place in Korea and China were invited most major international film festivals. His latest Feature Dooman River was shown at Generation Section of Berlin film festival and won the Jury Prize at Paris IFF, also won NETPAC Prize at Busan IFF. This year, the master with warm heart, ZHANG Lu returns with his first documentary, Over there.
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