by Yeon Sang-ho – South Korea, 2013
(101', DCP, Original version with Italian subtitles)
In a small village that is destined to be buried under water because of the construction of a new dam, the elder Choi, decides to build a church for Reverend Sung, begging him to bring hope back to the people. Then Min-chul returns after a long absence from the village, hoping to collect the compensation for his family’s house in order to pay his daughter’s university fees. When Min-chul discovers that Choi is nothing but a wanted con man, no one is willing to listen to him because of his sordid past, they prefer to believe the respected Reverend Sung. The elderly Choi uses the situation to his advantage, while the conflict between Min-chul and the reverend reaches its pinnacle.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Yeon Sang-ho graduated from Sangmyung University with a degree in Western Painting and setup his production house, Studio Dadashow, in 2004. His short animations, The Hell - Two Kinds of Life (2006) and Love is Protein (2008), have been presented and awarded at various international film festivals. He directed the animated opening trailer for the Busan International Film Festival in 2010. His first feature-length animation The King of Pigs (2011) was the winner of triple awards at the Busan International Film Festival and was invited to Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2012. That same year he directed the short feature The Window.