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The Will

Sungeun Kim
Jenny Cho
2018 | 20min 16sec | Color+B&W | DCP | English subtitles


Screening schedule

Date Time Theater Information
2019.03.23(Sat) 18:00 Lotte Cinema Hongik Univ 1
2019.03.25(Mon) 11:00 Lotte Cinema Hongik Univ 2



The film is a visual experiment dealing with a political rupture namely “the candlelight revolution” in S.Korea in the winter 2016-2017. Instead of narrativising the revolution the film focuses on the repetitiveness of images of revolutions in order to deliver the affects of ‘negative utopia’ present at the square. Performance and pre-enactment were employed as new documenting tools, as the film creates dialogues between the past archive and the newly constructed scenes. The work is largely inspired by Nagisa Oshima’s 1970 film “The Man Who Left His Will on Film” from which the excerpts were also used.


Director's Statement

“The Will” is the first outcome of the artists’ ongoing collaborative visual research on writing counter-histories in the context of intermediality and performativity. The work reenacts the recurring elements from existing filmic, theatrical and literary sources, which contemplate on the foretelling of the conditions consisting a historical and political rupture.
During The Candle Light Revolution in 2016-17 we took interest in grasping the informed and almost programmed aesthetics of revolution, prevailing phenomena at the squares of Seoul, in relation to the affects of ‘negative utopia’. For this, performance and pre-enactment were employed as documenting tools from which the dialogues between the archive materials and the newly constructed scenes are also generated.



Sungeun Kim
Sungeun Kim is a filmmaker based in Berlin and Jeju.
The Memory of the 25th Hour, 78min, 2017

IndieDocuFestival 2017
Iksan Women Film Festival 2017
Incheon Human Rights Film Festival 2017
Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix FIFIG, France 2018, 다큐 경쟁부문
Document Film Festival, Glasgow, Scottland

Jenny Cho
Jenny Cho is a painter based in Seoul and NY. She obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New York Universiy and a Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University. She has had solo shows at Sindoh Art Space, Doosan Gallery NY and Seoul, Gana Art Space Seoul. She participated in numerous group shows at Leeum, Samsung Museum, Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, Judith Charles Gallery NY, Gallery Skape Seoul, Gallery Kiche and more.
First Film


Producer     Sungeun Kim  Jenny Cho 
Cinematographer     Kkotnarae Bae 
Editor     Sungeun Kim 
Performance     Sojeong Lee  Mucho Hwang 
Script     Sungeun Kim  Sojeong Lee 
Music     Manuela Schininà