International Competition

3 questions for Lee Jae-eun and Jisun Lim

The directors of Kim Min-young of the Report Card talk in detail about their film, featured in the International Competition.
3 questions for Lee Jae-eun and Jisun Lim

How was this project born and why did you decide to tell this story?

Lim: We met at a small filmmaking workshop, and there we made short movies first the first time respectively. After then, we started to think about making a much longer movie, and finally, we reached the agreement that we need to tell a story that we know the best, and we could affectionate most-which was a friendship of a 20-year-old-ish. We worked joyfully collecting the points that we resonate with each other, thinking of each one’s memories.
Lee: When I start to write the story first, I had a lot of concern about friendship, so I wanted to put those feelings and thinking into the film. I believe the film is about ‘Feeling upset with someone/or Disappointment.’ Being disappointed by someone, actually, means that you have that much affection for her/him. So, I wanted to talk about that feeling which might be a bit childish but priceless.

In the film, imagination and memories expand the quotidian experience of the main character. Why did you decide to open the film to a “pure” realism in order to let these other aspects enter and how did you work upon these various levels within the story?

Lim: Compared to Min-young, Jung-hee rather stays at memories, and daydreams. The film follows this Jung-hee, so there are a lot of scenes that we try to visualize how Jung-hee remembers the memories with Min-young, and how she expresses her loneliness. When we shoot those scenes, we try not to put the limitation in terms of style, at the same time try to express some of the reality and seek the best way to show Jung-hee’s emotion.
Lee: I thought Jung-hee is a kind of “Storyteller.” Through Jung-hee’s stories, I wanted to share her world with you. Though she’s living a very normal quotidian life, she has another memory, and a much lonelier, much joyful imaginary world as well. To show this, I tried to put different kinds of locations, and tried to deliver different tones for each scene.

What was the experience of co-directing the film like?

Lim: When we do co-directing, whether when we work in perfect harmony or we have an argument both were great-when we worked in perfect harmony we were excited about that, and when we had an argument we could break through and move forward to the better choice. Above all the things, in our film, there are 2 main characters, so we did a kind of role-play taking each character’s role to find nice scenes or lines. That’s the most memorable moment for me.
Lee: First of all, it was our first feature-length film, so we depend on each other very much. there must’ve been difficulties when we were tuning our point of view which had to be different- but through this process we could strike a balance between two, and could have more ideas. Above all thing, the best part was we could share our worries with each other.