A Quiet Dream

Zhang Lu

IFFR 2017

Voices

  • 98'
  • South Korea
  • 2016

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.

Director
Zhang Lu
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Chun-mong
Languages
Korean, Mandarin
Producer
Kim Dongyoung
Production Company
Lu Film
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Screenplay
Zhang Lu
Cinematography
Jo Youngjik
Editor
Lee Hakmin
Production Design
Kim Chohea
Music
Bek Hyunjin
Cast
Han Yeri, Yang Ikjune, Park Jungbum, Yoon Jongbin