Night and Fog in Zona

  • 235'
  • South Korea
  • 2015
After the South Korean film critic Jung Sung-il saw Wang Bing’s monumental, nine-hour documentary Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks at IFFR 2003, he wanted to make a film about him. Years later, Wang invited the critic to come to the Chinese province of Yunnan, where he was working a whole winter long on two documentaries: the sequel to Three Sisters (2012) and the film ’Til Madness Do Us Part (2013), situated in a mental hospital.
In Night and Fog in Zona, Jung talks to Wang about his ideas on cinema, in which the concept of time is crucial and for both of them Tarkovsky is a hero. Jung’s style mirrors that of Wang, not only in length (his ‘cine essay’ lasts almost 4 hours) but also in his predilection for observational long takes, the absence of a voiceover, abstract landscapes and minimalist music. One of the most beautiful shots shows a sleeping Wang in slow motion: time has congealed even more.



Director
Jung Sung-il
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
235'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Cheon-dang-ui Bam-gua-ahn-gae
Languages
Mandarin, Korean
Producers
Kim Jongwon, Park Young-eun
Production Company
Kino
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Screenplay
Jung Sung-il
Cinematography
Yang Gunyoung, Lee Jinkeun
Editor
Jung Sung-il, Park Youngun