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KIM Kang-min Returns to Sundance with JEOM

Jan 15, 2018
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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3rd Park City Invite for Animated Short Director



Director KIM Kang-min will return to Park City this month after scoring his third Sundance Film Festival invite for his latest animated short film JEOM (2017). The US-Korea co-production is the only Korean film invited to this year’s 34th edition of the festival. 

JEOM follows a father and son who both sport the same birthmark on their behinds. Believing both marks are connected, the son attempts to remove his father’s spot but finds that he is unable to. ‘Jeom’ is the Korean word for dot. Like his other works, the film is based on events in the director’s own life.

After deciding not to pursue a career at Korean corporation Samsung, KIM majored in animation at the California University of the Arts. Starting with Deux Regards (2009), KIM has made a string of highly acclaimed short films. In 2012, he was invited to Sundance for the first time with 38-39°C, a work that takes place in a Korean bathhouse.

KIM next visited Park City with Deer Flower in 2016. The stop-motion short, which follows a young boy’s traumatic trip to a deer farm with his family, screened at dozens of events around the world. The film was also a staff pick on video streaming site Vimeo.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 18-28.
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