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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



The Body of the Sea

PARK Koonje

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 92min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

WP

Synopsis

In a small port, there is a yard where cats cats stay comfortably. There, two people try to dismantle a ship alone. With sparks and smoke, they cut off the ship, and the cats sit next to them and wait for food. Humans and small lives live together like that.

Review

A home on a beach. Cats roam around a dismantled ship, and there is a couple taking care of these cats. They are the ones who have dismantled the ship. The Body of the Sea tells the story through a female narrator, moving between ships, cats and humans like waves. Overcoming difficulties in the past, the couple, “who wanted to build a good ship and decided to dissect the ship first,” dismantles the ship looking at the blueprint. While the four cats Mimi, Ugly, Copy and Ggami are born and raised, the ship is completely dismantled, and some of them become part of home for the couple and cats. The film harmonizes images, words, and silence to capture the cycle of all things and a rich sense of life. The power is transmitted, above all, thanks to compassion and consideration of “not turning away from a kitten climbing a two-meter fence to find food” and a human heart that respects a ship that has sailed the vast sea for a long time.

Director

  • PARK Koonje

    He directed works that form a series, beginning with the short film, My fact_or_Y(2015), and continuing to rewind, remind(2016). His most recent works are City of Gigas(2018) and Some Errors of the Construction-universe(2020).​ 

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