Journeys and Arrivals: The Films of Jeon Soo-il--My Right to Ravage Myself 2003
Presented in association with the Korean Film Council and the UCLA Center for Korean Studies
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Over the last decade, South Korean writer-director Jeon Soo-il has earned an international reputation for highly personal films that explore the connections between identity and geography, art and being. An associate professor of film who studied in Pusan and Paris, Jeon is drawn to characters who find themselves unmoored from the spaces and relationships that define their lives. Businessmen, children and even film professors set out on journeys, both inward and outward, their final destinations always unknown. Much like his characters Jeon followed his own path in South Korean cinema, continuously honing his approach to combine a social realist edge with a powerfully minimalist style. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present Jeon’s first six features to Los Angeles audiences for the first time.
All films in Korean with English subtitles except where noted.
All films directed by Jeon Soo-il.
MY RIGHT TO RAVAGE MYSELF 2003
SCR: Jeon Soo-il. CAST: Jung Bo-suk, Lee Soo-a, Choo Sang-mi.
Adapted from the novel by Kim Young-ha (better translated as My Right to Destroy Myself), Jeon’s most erotically charged film nevertheless turns less on sex than the desire for an aesthetically exciting death. Enter “S,” part Svengali, part therapist, who seduces his customers, including a troubled young teen and a performance artist, with the promise of their own personal “designer suicide.”
35mm, color, 93 min.
Cost: Advance online tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu. General admission and student tickets are available at the window for $9 and $8 respectively.
Open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Film and Television Archive, Cin-Asie, KOFIC, Korean Cultural Center LA