First Feature Competition


World Premiere

Dust and Ashes

Tuhk ja tolm
축복의 집
Director: Park Hee-kwon
Country: South Korea
Film duration: 01:18
Language: Korean
Producer: Ko Doo Hyun
Screenwriter: Park Hee kwon
DoP: Kim Dong hyun
Editor: Ko Doo hyun
Cast: Ahn So yo, Lee Kang ji, Kim Na young, Kim Jae rok


Hae-su (An So-yo), a frail young girl who works at a factory, is always covered in dust. There seems to be a problem at home, and she seems to be taking care of it in a mysterious way. Her mother has died and the girl runs around anxiously in order to hold the funeral in secrecy. She is clearly in distress and strings of clues are given in time, just enough to keep the audience curious. But what is the truth behind Hae-su’s suspicious behavior?

Unanswered questions trigger lingering, disquieting feelings in this beautiful, slow paced and surprisingly strong debut feature by Korean filmmaker Park Hee-kwon.

Accompanied by striking raw photography, Park’s assured mise-en-scene is at once simple and elaborate. With the use of few words, minimalist dialogues and actions, even without much explanations the director is able to move the audience’s emotions. And while we follow the mysterious intensity of An So-yo’s powerful performance, we can’t avoid feeling distraught and can’t help but wonder what really happened, how it happened and what lies in the future for her.

Giovanna Fulvi


Park Hee-kwon (1978) graduated from Hanyoung High School in Yeosu. Later she graduated from the Department of Newspaper Broadcasting at Woosuk University in Jeonju in 1997. "Dust and Ashes" is her debut feature film.
Director's filmography: Dust and Ashes (2019)
  • Park Hee-kwon

    Fri, November 22, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 080905
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Park Hee-Kwon, Ko Doo Hyun, Lee Woo Jin
    Screening duration: 01:49
    Language: Korean

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Elektriteater, Tartu

    Screening code: 101801
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:19
    Language: Korean

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Kino Artis, Saal 2, Tallinn

    Screening code: 161601
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Park Hee-Kwon, Ko Doo Hyun
    Screening duration: 01:19
    Language: Korean






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