Drown

Lim Sang-Su

P&I Selection 2022

  • 100'
  • South Korea
  • 2022

Dowoo runs an old motel – adjacent to a lake with thousands of Korean War victims at its bottom – as well as caring for his mother who has dementia. One wintry day she disappears without a trace. In her stead, a cute little dog appears. Everyone helps kind-hearted, somewhat shy Dowoo search for her. However, when his mother isn’t found, rumours arise that he may have killed her. Has he started having doubts himself? It doesn’t help that he swallowed her tranquillisers on the day she went missing, and can’t remember a thing.

The disappearance gradually morphs into a disturbing psychological drama. The motel’s appeal to potential suicides, a suspicious kid nosing around, and unexpected visions of horror mean Dowoo’s imagination and reality are increasingly intertwined. What really happened? “A terrifying thing, sunk into the abyss of man,” is the motto Lim Sang-Su gave his first feature film.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Lim Sang-Su
Country of production
South Korea
Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Language
Korean
Producer
Jun-won Seo
Sales
Studio Bonanza
Screenplay
Lim Sang-Su
Cinematography
Yun Geol
Production Design
Lee Hannah
Sound Design
Kwon Ye-young
Music
Jeong Jungyeop
Cast
Lee Joong-ok, Kim Daegeon, Kim Yeongyo, Byeon Junghui, Kang Malgeum, Kong Minjeong