A Quiet Dream

Zhang Lu

They are losers, but nice ones. Every day they hang out at Yeri’s bar. All three are smitten by the young Chinese-Korean woman. In turn, Yeri doesn’t really seem to have a preference. To her, they are all equally sweet: Jongbin, a milk-drinking epileptic, Ikjune, a nonchalant former petty criminal and the introverted Jungbum, who fled from North Korea.
Zhang Lu (Grain in Ear, 2005), born in China, shot this tragicomedy in Susaek, a deprived, messy neighbourhood of Seoul. Fellow filmmakers convincingly play the leads. A Quiet Dream is a charming portrait of a trio of hustlers shot in soothing black-and-white. It slowly becomes apparent that dreams play an important role as things become increasingly surreal. Yet the melancholy, dryly humorous tale remains realistic, with a keen eye for the day-to-day problems and desires of Yeri and her three hopeful suitors.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Tue 31 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 6
    English subtitles
    Wed 1 Feb Buy
  • KINO 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 3 Feb Buy
  • Pathé 5
    English subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Zhang Lu
Country
South Korea
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
98’
Language
Korean, Mandarin
Producer
Kim Dongyoung
Production Company
Lu Film
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Writer
Zhang Lu
Cinematography
Jo Youngjik
Editor
Lee Hakmin
Production Design
Kim Chohea
Music
Bek Hyunjin
Cast
Han Yeri, Yang Ikjune, Park Jung-Bum, Yoon Jongbin