Unidentified

  • 80'
  • South Korea
  • 2022

In 1993, planet-like spheres descended from space, hovering above every major city on earth. 29 years later, the UFOs remain, having become a part of the landscape of modern life.

In the hustle and bustle of Seoul, people go to coffee shops, they work dull and repetitive office jobs, riding public transportation and visiting psychics. A man walks the streets wearing a sandwich board that reads "UFO's are not real". But paranoia is growing: some of these people may, in fact, be aliens.

Following a cast of characters through a series of witty and idiosyncratic chapters, from song and dance numbers to interweaving vignettes laced with a sardonic humour reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch, director Jude Chun explores the universal need for belonging, purpose and love through the framework of being non-human. Or, is it being human in a world that feels increasingly alien?

Where mindless tapping in an Excel sheet becomes a momentary musical interlude, and aspect ratios shift across genres of mockumentary, sci-fi, comedy, and romance, Unidentified is an utterly unique and dazzlingly imaginative foray into millennial life, identity and the desire to feel at home as ourselves, on this earth.

 

Fiona Armour

Director
Jude Chun
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
South Korea
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Mi-Hwak-In
Languages
Korean, Turkish, German, Polish, Khmer, Chinese, French, Yoruba
Producers
Ahn Hyeong Jun, Yena Gim
Production Company
Duck Duck Goose
Sales
Jude Chun
Screenplay
Jude Chun
Cinematography
Baek Baejin
Editor
Choi Inchul
Production Design
Kim Ooyou
Sound Design
Han Sewon
Music
Noe Gonzalez
Cast
Jang Sun, Kim Hyo-in, Jeon Ho-hyun, Jeon Young-hee, Shin Duk-gyu, Kim Ju-bin, Kim Gyeong-duk