Black Stone

  • 92'
  • South Korea
  • 2015
While his parents slave away in an animal food factory in the Guro district of Seoul (once the cradle of the Korean economic wonder), Shon Sun, a half-blood, starts his military service in the army. There, Sun does not fare much better - he is raped in his sleep by a superior and finds out he has been infected with HIV. Desperate, he takes revenge and flees the army.
In Seoul, it becomes apparent that his father has disappeared. Sun goes looking for him and finds him in his birthplace, on a polluted tropical beach.
Roh received a different education from many of his compatriots: after working as a stockbroker, he studied experimental film at the San Francisco Art Institute. His work, which has been seen at the festivals of Locarno, Busan, Berlin and Rotterdam, is also different. For Black Stone, the last part of a trilogy about environmental pollution, his main sources of inspiration were Robert Bresson and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. A pitch-black and pessimistic social fairytale with a cathartic experimental ending.

Director
Roh Gyeong-Tae
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
South Korea, France
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
92'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Korean, Tagalog, English
Producers
Roh Gyeong-Tae, Antonin Dedet
Production Companies
Teddy Bear Films, Neon Productions
Sales
Teddy Bear Films
Screenplay
Roh Gyeong-Tae
Cinematography
Cho Young Sang
Editor
Choi Hyunsook
Production Design
Lim Chang Joo
Music
Lee Jaesin, Cetusss, Olivier Alary
Cast
Won Tae Hee
Website
http://neoncinema.com/production-film/black-stones/en/