2019 SIPFF Closing Film
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SIPFF has selected the work of “Pride Film Project,” the production support project of SIPFF, as its closing films every year. The endling films of 2019 SIPFF have been highly anticipated by many people as diverse short films will be presented. SIPFF’s production support project has set the stage for discovering competent directors in South Korea and for introducing excellent queer films to the international society. “Sowol Road (directed by Jonghun Shin),” the closing file in 2014, was invited to Palm Springs International Film Festivals, one of the top 3 international film festivals for short films. Additionally, “Momo (directed by Yunju Jang),” one of the winners of SIPFF’s production support project in 2016, was invited to Toronto International Pride Film Festival which is one of the biggest international film festivals in North America, as well as to London Far East Film Festival. As such, SIPFF strives its best to discover talented directors by providing official opportunities for directors to produce and screen their films. Furthermore, SIPFF is expected to contribute to vitalizing Korean queer film industry as it continues its great support so that queer films can be introduced to greater number of audiences.
In 2019, SIPFF decides to support the films with the topic of HIV/AIDS as its production support project. This indicates that SIPFF clarifies its will of embracing the issue of HIV/AIDS as a significant matter that should be dealt within the communities of sexual minority, and taking the leading role in dissipating prejudice and breaking down discrimination against HIV/ AIDS. The three short films selected based on this theme will be open to the public for the first time in the closing ceremony of SIPFF 2019.
“Going My Home” is the new film made by Jong-hun Shin, who made a great hit at the closing event of SPFF 2014. “Going My Home” depicts the everyday life of an HIV-positive leading actor (Young-geun), while yielding audiences a chance to reconsider the issues including typical prejudices against HIV/AIDS and the prohibitive legislation against sexually transmittable act of the HIV-positives and people with AIDS.
“ICE” is the first movie directed by Seong-wook Lee. “ICE” describes the lives of gay drug addicts, one of the groups that has the highest risk to HIV/AIDS, while prompting gay communities to seriously and sincerely discuss about AIDS. Specifically, the scenes that show two gay males depend their whole lives on drugs for pure pleasure reminds the audiences of the trouble HIV-positive gays experience due to their unstable lives.
“KISS KISS (directed by Jun-mun So)” is a unique fantasy movie that reminds audiences of the fact that HIV/AIDS is the problem the whole society has to deal with. In “KISS KISS,” people are terrified by a contagion called “Suicide Kiss,” a life-threatening disease infected via kissing. The people with “Suicide Kiss” get red spots on their necks and turn into smoke on the 15th day they are infected. In such pandemonium, the false news saying that gays are the sources of “Suicide Kiss” are released, and the movie continues to present the lives of gay couples, the most at-risk population.
○ Going My Home
○ Kiss Kiss