Summer Times: Oki’s Movie / Okhuiui yeonghwa


South Korea, 2010
Director Hong Sangsoo
80 min
Korean dialogues/ Russian subtitles

Venice Film Festival — official selection
Toronto International Film Festival — official selection
Rotterdam International Film Festival — official selection —return of the tiger award

Here it is in the playful form of a comic-romantic four-part story about making a film, set around a Korean film school with all its machinations and gossiping. While Professor Song has declared film dead as art, Jingu — a thoughtful, dipsomaniac filmmaker in crisis — tries to stay on his feet in a three-cornered relationship with female student Oki. Despite financial problems, Jingu manages to make a short film, after which he is thrown to the lions in a hilariously embarrassing Q&A in the cinema. Apart from being a successful comedy, Oki’s Movie is also a plea to regard film as art and to throw overboard such restrictions as having a theme. Most memorable is the scene in a classroom where Jingu and Oki bombard the professor with questions: ’Am I a good person?’ and ’What do you most want to do in life?’