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Movie 'Spider Forest' & animation 'Oseam': invitation to the Palm Springs International Film Festival

2004/12/25 Source

Movie 'Spider Forest' and animation 'Oseam' are invited to the Palm Springs International Film Festival to be held from Jan. 6 through Jan. 17, 2005.

According to this Film Festival's secretariat, the two works were invited to the 'World Cinema Now' section.

Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley desert at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in southern California, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 90,000 each January, with a Black Tie Gala centrepiece event that honors the most celebrated talents in classic and contemporary cinema.

A noirish psychological suspenser wrapped around a murder mystery, "Spider Forest" spins a considerably more involving web than director Song Il-gon's debut, the bleak femme Road Movie "Flower Island" (2001). More tightly constructed, and with its affectations working for rather than against the movie this time round, film stumbles only in the final furlong with a corny, telegraphed, resolution...

Based on a fairytale by Jung Chae-bong, animation 'Oseam' tells the story of two orphaned siblings.

Gami is a young blind girl who has had to take on a mother-figure for her 5 year old brother, Gilson. An intelligent and highly observant boy who has very much become the eyes for his sister, but to say he's hyperactive would be an understatement.

With nowhere to go and winter coming they stumble upon two monks who take them to their temple to stay. Gami takes to the life with her normal serene manner, but the peaceful temple is in for a surprise when the boystrous Gilson arrives.

Gami is reluctant to tell he brother what really happened to their mother, so with his child innocence he believes that they are searching for her and will eventually find her. One of the monks tells Gilson that if you can open the eyes to your soul then he would be able to see his mother.

When the monk sets off to the mountain to meditate for the winter and study this, Gilson jumps at the chance. When there though, the young scamp gets bored with studying and takes to playing with the wildlife.

With the weather worsening, the monk is forced to make a trip to the local village for supplies, leaving Gilson alone in the temple. On the return journey the weather becomes unbearable and the Monk passes out, leaving Gilson all alone.

The Source : Shin Jun-sup

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