Director Shin Su-won's tribute to senior filmmakers, 'Hommage'

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-13 11:00:27
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▲ This photo, provided by Twin Plus Partners, shows "Hommage." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Twin Plus Partners, shows "Hommage." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Twin Plus Partners, shows "Hommage." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Twin Plus Partners, shows Director Shin Su-won (left) and actress Lee Jeung-eun (right). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- On November 3rd, 1962, the movie "A Woman Judge (Yeopansa)" was released. Directed by Hong Eun-won (1922-1999), the film was praised for its "solid texture and meticulous depiction of women's psychology."

Director Hong started filming as a scripter in 1946 and became the first female screenwriter in 1959, while also being recorded as the second female director in the history of film after Park Nam-ok. However, until 1965, she had only three films as it was a time when one had to worry about censorship if a scene of a woman smoking a cigarette was filmed.

Director Shin Su-won says that if director Hong had received proper investment, she would have become a master as great as Kim Ki-young or Lee Man-hee. The movie "Hommage" is a tribute from director Shin Su-won to senior filmmakers including director Hong.

Ji-wang (Lee Jung-eun) in the movie has also finished making the third movie. However, the number of audiences who visited the theater were so little. Her son who runs off to see "Avengers" as soon as it is released comments on her movie that it was boring while her husband (Kwon Hae-hyo) only ever asks for food.

The film goes back and forth between the reality and Chungmuro in the 1960s. In the old theater in a small town, two eras overlap and although the electricity is cut off, the atmosphere of the old theater and the sound of the projector makes the heart of movie fans beat. So, "Hommage" is also a tribute to the passion of filmmakers and cinephiles.

Ji-wan is seen to be a character that reflects director Shin's emotions. Director Shin looked back on the starting point of her film career through director Ji-wan (Park Hyun-young) in her debut film "Rainbow (2010)."

"I wanted to make a movie like 'Rainbow 2' someday," said director Shin in the press conference following the preview on the 12th. "While in the movie, Ji-wan is seen having a hard time writing the scenario, the story (Hommage) was written in two weeks."

"Though it is a story about woman directors who bravely stood up in a place dedicated for men, it is also about the people who shined like jewels even though they were barely seen like a shadow," she continued. "I hope that people would think about the shadows, and also about the important people around us."

Lee Jung-eun, a former theater actress, took on her first solo lead role.

"I didn't feel like she was acting when I saw her on 'Parasite' and 'Another Child'. It was just shocking to see a character like that alive," Director Shin said. "She had so many expressions, that it made me wonder how this was her first time being a main character."

Revealing on the 26th. Duration of 108 minutes. Suitable for 12 years and older.




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