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Once Upon a Time 

(2020, 5’ 23”) an experimental film


  

There is a waterfall somewhere without a sign of human activity. Through the shiny surface of the rapid torrent, words emerge and approach closer to the centre. A tape machine whirs, the nostalgia is relentless. An essay film about the unexpected compulsion to revisit the past. It encompasses both the ‘weird urge’ to follow bad memories and the ‘resistance’ against the power of the past.

[아주 오래전에] 인간의 흔적이 없는 어느 곳에 한 폭포가 있다. 급류의 빛나는 표면을 따라 단어들이 나타나고, 점점 중앙으로 다가간다. 테잎이 윙윙 돌기 시작한다. 노스텔지어는 끈질기다. 과거를 다시 방문하게 하는 뜻밖의 강요에 대한 에세이 필름. 영화는 나쁜 기억들을 따라가려는 '이상한 충동', 과거의 힘에 대한 '저항' 모두를 아우른다. 


(Describing the moments when the body and mind become unexpectedly overwhelmed by memories. The words and sentences fragmentarily interfere; the sounds incessantly surge and disappear in a moment; the images keep moving. Unlike the title, this film is not only about the past, but is also about the future. The film explores how documentation can function as a mode of self-healing. I made this film to reconcile with myself in the past who couldn't fully like myself for a long time. And I would like to dedicate this film to all who have the same experience.) 

(영화는 예상치 못하게 과거의 기억들에 압도되는 순간을 그린다. 동시에 거기서 어떻게 빠져나오는지를 그리며, 기록이 어떻게 자기 치유의 기능을 하는지를 탐구한다. 단어들과 문장들은 파편적으로 끼어든다. 사운드는 끊임없이 몰려들다가 한순간에 사라진다. 그리고 이미지는 계속 이동한다. 제목과 달리, 이 영화는 과거에 대한 이야기만이 아니다. 미래에 대한 이야기이기도 하다. 과거의 나 자신과 화해하기 위해 이 영화를 만들었다. 그리고 비슷한 경험이 있는 모두에게 이 영화를 바치고 싶다.)

- Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020, Jihlava, Czech Republic, Fascinations (competition for experimental films) Oct 31, World Premiere / Echoes of 24th Ji.hlava IDFF in Mar 2021, selected as one of the best experimental films from Fascinations competition 
- Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2021, Hawick, UK, Official Selection, A Human Certainty May 2 
- Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021, Glasgow, UK, Official Selection, Nature May 10
- Lago Film Fest 2021, Revine Lago, Italy, Official Selection, New Signs(competition for short films) Jul 

Written, Filmed, Edited and Sound by
Ji-Yoon Park / Special Thanks to Julian Triandafyllou

*영화를 만들고 쓴 에세이 (KOR)  *Reflective Essay on the Film (ENG)

<<In Once Upon a Time, Ji-Yoon Park juxtaposes a video sequence of serene flowing waters with the filmmaker’s own struggle to revisit her past via running onscreen text. Park’s film deals with self-image, resisting a closed-life narrative by negating a reductive assessment of one’s history. The ambiguities of reliving memory while longing to move towards a reconciliation foster multiple temporalities of healing.>> - Written by Marius Hrdy(Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival)

<<A film poem in which human consciousness intertwines with the element of water. The leitmotif flowing through the entire work is memory, the eternal clash between the urge to look back and the awareness of space and time ahead. The river flooding the film not only gives it a temporythmic structure but is also a reminder of the eternal natural order.>> - written by Ji.hlava IDFF 

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