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The Way We Wait

(2020, 11’ 05”) a short documentary


Desperately building against the inevitability of time, a restless young woman is awaiting another upcoming loss. But maybe more important things never seem to be told. 

Soon after the director moves into her 22nd house, she gets a phone call that her Grandma, who lives far away, is in a critical condition. Elsewhere, a huge apartment made of sand is being constructed as the tide rolls in, while she belatedly tries to build a relationship with her Gran. As the camera sensitively observes how we wait for the upcoming days, the film embraces the fragility of life, full of uncertainty.

[우리가 기다리는 동안에] 또 다른 상실을 기다리는 동안, 한 여자가 집요하게 무언가를 쌓아올리고 있다. 하지만 빠르게 흐르는 시간을 따라 많은 것들이 쉽게 부서지고 있다. 아마도 더 중요한 것들은 말해지지 않는 것만 같다.

22번째 이사를 한 감독. 그녀는 멀리 계신 외할머니가 갑자기 위독해졌다는 소식을 듣는다. 감독이 뒤늦게 할머니와의 관계를 쌓아가는 동안, 어디선가 모래로 만든 아파트가 지어지고 있다. 다가오는 것들을 기다리는 시간. 카메라는 그 모습을 지켜보며 불확실한 것들로 가득 찬 삶의 연약함을 매만진다.

- Open City Doc Festival 2020, London, UK, Between Generations (UK Short Film Award Nominee) World Premiere
- DMZ Docs 2020, Goyang, KR, Short Competition (Short Documentary Award Winner) ︎︎︎Programme Note
- Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2020, York, UK, Artists’ Film-memory(pp. 198~199) & Future Now Symposium 2021 by Aesthetica Magazine
- IDFA 2020, Amsterdam, NL, Student Documentary Competition  

- Cairo Int'l Film Festival 2020, Cairo, EG, Cinema of Tomorrow (Special Jury Award&Youssef Chahin Award Nominee) 
- AFI Docs 2021, Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C, US, Short Film Competition
- Korean Film Archive, collected 2021 
The full film is available upon request. For screening inquiries, please get in touch via email.

Young-Ja Kim, Tae-Yeon Kang
Director, Producer and Editor: Ji-Yoon Park
Executive Producer: Emma Davie
Cinematographers: Julian Triandafyllou, Ji-Yoon Park
Sound Designer: Simon Howard

Sand Sculptor: Jack Handscombe

(The film intersects different types of footages, including her grandmother’s house that would soon disappear, her hospital, and the process of building a sandcastle that is not even likely to barely survive from the waves of the ocean. This whole process seems to be a desperate attempt to delay the moment of sadness in the near future as much as possible. It is a film about the coming loss, but at the same time, about hope as well. Losses are always with us even in this moment, but here, by properly looking and documenting the process, I wanted to share that life is not in such an emptiness as we think it is. It was an intent to connect the far future and the distant past, overcoming the current context of loss or uncertainty by leaning on that vastness of time.)

(아주 먼 미래와 먼 과거를 연결 지으며, 그 커다란 시간에 기대어 현재의 상실감이나 불확실함 등을 극복하려고 했다. 영화는 곧 사라질 할머니의 집, 할머니가 지내던 병원, 그리고 모래성이 지어지는 과정 등 다른 종류의 푸티지들을 교차시켜 보여준다. 이 모든 과정은 곧 있을 슬픔의 순간을 늦추려는 절박한 시도처럼 보인다. 이 영화는 다가오는 상실에 대한 영화이지만 동시에 희망에 대한 영화이기도 하다. 상실은 언제나 우리와 함께하지만, 그 과정을 바라보며 삶이 그렇게 허무하지만은 않을 거라는 걸 공유하고 싶었다.)

Film Introduction  /  correspondenciascine.com/2022/01/the-way-we-wait-de-ji-yoon-park/   


<<Hearing upon the news that her grandmother is in a critical condition, the director juxtaposes her grandmother’s footage and the process that a small sand apartment is built on a quiet beach. There may not be any logical relevance between the two images. However, a loose correspondence can be found in building a relationship in a limited time before death and building a sand house that will soon be collapsed. The two images aren’t just what they appear to be but represent an attempt to compensate for the loss in her absence in the future while the completed sand building alludes to the fact the grains of sand will be swept away by the waves. The film attempts to perceive the external from the personal, and the incompleteness of the present from the present reality.>> - written by Lee Minho(DMZ Docs) 

<<Shortly after moving into her 22nd house, Ji-Yoon Park receives a call: far away her grandmother is in the hospital, in critical condition. Too late, the director realizes that she should have nurtured her relationship with her grandmother earlier. “I’ve always been chased by time,” the restless young woman says. “I’ve needed to run harder not to be swallowed.” Now, she doesn’t know how to spend time with her grandmother. “So I was left holding the camera.” In parallel with scenes at the hospital, on the seashore an apartment building is being sculpted from sand—in vain, as its destruction is inevitable. The tide is approaching and slowly nibbling at the foundations. This house of sand mirrors events at the hospital. Sensitively observing as she awaits the imminent loss, the filmmaker embraces the fragility of life, with all its uncertainty. “What I grasp today, easily shatters tomorrow.”>> - written by IDFA 

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