Currently screening in the Panorma section of the Berlin International Film Festival, Jeon Jae-hong
's dark feature debut, "Beautiful", will open in Korea February 14, through indie-distributor Sponge. The original script for the film was written by none other than prolific auteur Kim Ki-duk
, who served as JEON's mentor.
"Beautiful" is the story of Eun-yeong, a lonely and distraught young woman, played by Cha Soo-yeon
("For Eternal Hearts
"). She is the victim of her own stunning beauty, becoming the object of every man's desire and the source of women's jealousy. She tries in various ways to ruin nature's gift from binge-eating to starvation. Along the way, a police officer, who has been watching her, falls deeply in love with her.
Director JEON has made several critically acclaimed short films, which have screened at festivals worldwide. His short film Fish screened in competition at Venice last year. He has worked as assistant director on KIM's 2006 feature "Time". JEON had started out as a Vienna-trained opera singer, then an American business-major before a chance meeting with KIM gave him the courage to embark on a full time film career.
"Beautiful" was executively produced by KIM. JEON has received positives reviews for his first feature, with critics remarking on the strong influence of KIM's style. JEON already has plans for a second feature, called "Doll" in which he wishes to focus more on the visual elements and his love of color.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)