Films

Excavator

Excavator, "Poclain"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Kim Gang-il, a former South Korean paratrooper works as an excavator driver suprressing his traumatic memories from the past. As a participant in a military operation against the democratic student protests in the early 1980s, he is frequently haunted by the tough, degrading measures that his squad applied to subjugate the reform-calling university students.

One day, his excavator unexpectedly reveals the remains of executed protest members secretly buried to small patch amidsts the forest. This sets Gang-il face to face with a dramatic dilemma - as a militia man did he just follow his orders or is he morally and legally directly responsible for the death and memory of the deceased.

To uncover the truth and honour the memory of the dead and their relatives Gang-il sets forth to a journey with his excavator to knock on the conciousness of his fellow squad members,  supervisors and politicians. But by doing so, he unbeknownst sets against the forces who would keep the secrets in dark closet in order to maintain their power and position.

Based on the screenplay of directing legend Kim Ki-Duk, the sophromore feature of Lee Ju-Hyong is a simple, yet morally and spirtually touching drama that through its language of metaphors and allusions explores the impact of the military regime of 1980s South Korea. Despite of its historic background the film sets forth a range of serious questions relevant in today’s political-conflict ladded world especially on the relationship and balance of power and justice, duty and moral consciousness, and the burder of secrets that could be revealed by a unsuspected excavator.

Sten Saluveer

Ju-hyoung Lee

(b. 1977) studied film and digital arts at the European School of Visual Arts in France, and produced various short animations and documentaries during his stay. 

His animated short "Moving Walkway" that he directed in 2009 was invited to the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, AniFest, and Anima Mundi International Animation Festival. 

He has been greatly influenced by director KIM Ki-duk’s works, and directed his first feature film "Red Family" at his production house, KIM Ki-duk Film. 

Filmography

  • Bulg-eun gajog (Red Family, 2013)
  •  Pokeurein (The Excavator, 2017)

Schedule

30.11.2017
18:00 - 20:03
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 141501
Guests (3)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Lee Ju-Hyoung, Cast Um Tae-Woong, Producer Kim Dong-Hu
01.12.2017
19:15 - 21:08
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 150303
Guests (3)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Lee Ju-Hyoung, Cast Um Tae-Woong, Producer Kim Dong-Hu
02.12.2017
17:00 - 18:33
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 161901
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Country: South Korea
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: Korean
Director: Ju-hyoung Lee
Producer: KIM Dong-hoo
Writer: KIM Ki-duk 
DOP: CHOI Seong-chel
Montage: CHOI Hee-young
Composer: SON Yeol-mae
Cast: UM Tae-woong, KIM Kyung-ik, SHIM Jung-wan 
Production: KIM Ki-duk Film

Synopsis

Director

Kim Gang-il, a former South Korean paratrooper works as an excavator driver suprressing his traumatic memories from the past. As a participant in a military operation against the democratic student protests in the early 1980s, he is frequently haunted by the tough, degrading measures that his squad applied to subjugate the reform-calling university students.

One day, his excavator unexpectedly reveals the remains of executed protest members secretly buried to small patch amidsts the forest. This sets Gang-il face to face with a dramatic dilemma - as a militia man did he just follow his orders or is he morally and legally directly responsible for the death and memory of the deceased.

To uncover the truth and honour the memory of the dead and their relatives Gang-il sets forth to a journey with his excavator to knock on the conciousness of his fellow squad members,  supervisors and politicians. But by doing so, he unbeknownst sets against the forces who would keep the secrets in dark closet in order to maintain their power and position.

Based on the screenplay of directing legend Kim Ki-Duk, the sophromore feature of Lee Ju-Hyong is a simple, yet morally and spirtually touching drama that through its language of metaphors and allusions explores the impact of the military regime of 1980s South Korea. Despite of its historic background the film sets forth a range of serious questions relevant in today’s political-conflict ladded world especially on the relationship and balance of power and justice, duty and moral consciousness, and the burder of secrets that could be revealed by a unsuspected excavator.

Sten Saluveer

Ju-hyoung Lee

(b. 1977) studied film and digital arts at the European School of Visual Arts in France, and produced various short animations and documentaries during his stay. 

His animated short "Moving Walkway" that he directed in 2009 was invited to the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, AniFest, and Anima Mundi International Animation Festival. 

He has been greatly influenced by director KIM Ki-duk’s works, and directed his first feature film "Red Family" at his production house, KIM Ki-duk Film. 

Filmography

  • Bulg-eun gajog (Red Family, 2013)
  •  Pokeurein (The Excavator, 2017)