Grants & Awards
Planet of Snail
Date Awarded: Summer 2010
Directors(s): Seung-Jun Yi
Producer(s): Min-Chul Kim, Gary Kam; Co-Pro: Janne Niskala; EP: Dong Sung Cho
Location: South Korea
Film Status: Completed
URL: » Planet of Snail site
Distribution: Cinema Guild
About the Film:
Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail. Dwellers of this tiny planet are deaf and blind, and call themselves ‘snails’ because they rely only on their tactile senses, and communicating by touch. Young-Chan was not happy with the lethargic life on the planet. When Young-Chan came to Earth, there was nothing Earth offered him. Worse was that nobody understood his language. When he was desperate, an angel walked into his life. Soon-Ho is a woman who knows what loneliness is about and where Young-Chan’s deeply rooted pain comes from. She soon becomes an inseparable part of his life. She is a wife, a soul mate and a window and a bridge to the world for him. Each mundane moment of every routine day becomes tender shared experiences whether it be the hour-long process of changing a simple light bulb, hugging trees and smelling pine cones on the threshold of spring, or the feeling of raindrops landing on the skin. Young-Chan also discovers an amazing world under his fingers. Since he learned to read books with braille, hopes and dreams began to grow in Young-Chan’s heart. He dreams of writing a book. However, Soon-Ho worries about Young-Chan’s future because she cannot always be there for him as she is suffering from her own problem of spine disability. The couple now needs to learn how to survive alone. While Soon-Ho uneasily spends her first day alone waiting for his return, Young-Chan goes out for the biggest adventure of his life.
About the Filmmakers:
Seung-Jun Yi (Director) – Seung-Jun is one of the most renown Korean directors in the world documentary scene. Amongst over a dozen documentaries Seung-Jun has directed, Children of God (2008) captures the moments of harsh lives of the children living at the crematorium in Katmandu, Nepal. It won the Netpac award at the Chonju International Film Festival and the Telly Award for best cinematography, and it has traveled the world including Hotdocs 2009. Seung-Jun’s interest has always focused on the life of, so called, the unseen minorities. This has become his signature style of filmmaking.
Min-Chul Kim (Producer) – Min-Chul has built a strong track record as a uniquely international producer based in Korea. Kim’s filmography includes Iron Crows (2009) that won best mid-length documentary award at IDFA 2009 and best documentary award at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2010 and is still up in the air traveling around the world. Kim’s latest documentary My Barefoot Friend (2010) freshly entered IDFA 2010 feature length documentary competition and is ready for its world premiere in Amsterdam.
Festival & Award Highlights:
IDFA 2011 – World Premiere; Best Feature-Length Documentary
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2012