PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Aloners

Local title
Üksildased
Title in Russian
Aloners
Original title
Honja saneun saramdeul
Director
Hong Seong-eun
Country
South Korea
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Current Waves
Genre
drama
Subject
Society, relationships, alienation, lonesomeness, urbanism

Jina is the best employee at a credit card company call center. She avoids building close relationships, choosing instead to live and work alone. Jina maintains her solitary lifestyle well until her irritating neighbour, who would attempt to strike up conversations with her, is discovered dead a few days after his lonely death. From that moment, tons of relationships she decided to ignore suddenly start to bug her: her father hounding her over her mother’s inheritance, Sujin, a new recruit, who is bothersome but likeable, and nonchalant Seonghun, her new neighbour.

Thoughtfully addressing the phenomenon of holojok ― a neologism formed by combining the Korean words holo (alone) and jok (group) to define the growing number of people who prefer to be left alone in one-person households, accounting for one-third of total homes in Seoul ― “Aloners” is the outstanding debut feature from Hong Sung-eun.

Director
Hong Seong-eun
Screenwriter
Hong Sung-eun
Cast
Gong Seung-yeon, Jung Da-eun, Seo Hyun-woo, Park Jeong-hak
Producer
Lee Seung-won
DoP
Choi Young-ki
Editor
Hong Sung-eun
Production
Korean Academy of Film Arts
World sales
M-Line Distribution
Runtime
Language
Korean
Subtitles
English
Other festivals
Hamburg, San Sebastian, Toronto

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Screenings

Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening010302 / Üksildased
SubtitlesEnglish
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Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening050303 / Üksildased
SubtitlesEnglish
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening101502 / Üksildased
SubtitlesEnglish
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