A Long Alone
유령이 떠난 자리Directed by Eun-a Yeo
WINNER – Best Experimental Short
The record of discontinued time and place, from dying alone to discovery.
One year period after a person’s solitary death is shown in time-lapse. Inside the house, there are traces of his fierce life, and the audience can guess his life by following the traces. The house stays at the time of his death. On the contrary, the exterior landscape constantly changes, giving a feeling of contrast to the house. A year later, his body is found, and the scene of his death is cleared by special cleaners.
Directed by Eun-a Yeo
Director’s Bio: Eun-a Yeo graduated from Sangmyung University Animation Department in 2015. Her debut short animated film “Cocoon” (2015) was selected at various film festivals worldwide including Annecy Festival, Sakhalin International Film Festival, and Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, and won the Grand Prize for Graduation Film at BIAF2015, KIAFA Special Prize at the Indie-Anifest. Yeo directed a feature animation Rose Motel (2018), and the short animation “Midnight Horror Cinema” (2020).
Is the end of the world literal or figurative? Each of these films depicts a moment in time when a character begins to understand the meaning of life – just when everything is coming to an end. So much life is lived in this program: coming to terms with a loss of autonomy, burning along with Hong Kong’s “cursed generation” in an over-surveilled record store, and existing in total isolation while the seasons change outside the window. Yes, the world these characters know is ending, but as with all endings, there is newness and change. These young people are gaining insight into how the old world works – just in time to build a different one.