Docaviv 2012: “Planet of Snail” wins the International competition

Posted by

On 9 May 2012, the winners of the Docaviv 2012 Film Festival competitions were announced at the Port of Tel Aviv. The Best International Film award was given to the Korean film “Planet of Snail”.

The film is directed by Yi Seungjun and produced by Kim Minchul and Gary Kam. It received 20,000 ₪ courtesy of the Ministry of Culture & Sport – The Israeli Film Council.

The jury considers this as “the best International film as it portrays a unique love story in a poetic and pure way that we can only experience through cinema.”

Film summary on Docaviv website: “If you ask Young-Chan, he will say he comes from Planet Snail. The planet’s residents are blind and deaf; they are called “snails” because they rely on their sense of touch to communicate. Young-Chan says no one on earth understood his language, and without his angel, partner and translator (Soon-Ho), he would have lost his belief in life. IDFA Best Feature-Length Award Winner “Planet of Snail” offers a captivating look at the lives of Young-Chan and Soon-Ho. Each daily task presents a challenge, but they never give up. Soon-Ho’s support helped Young-Chan discover a world of beauty at his fingertips. Having learned Braille, he dreams of becoming a writer and sharing his experiences with the world.

Film page on distributors website

Video trailer, video segments

The film was already selected for fifferent festivals (DOCUMENTA, DOCAVIV and IDFA) and received the following awards:

. First Price – International Full Length Film at Documenta Madrid

. VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary

6 films in the Asian selection

“Planet of Snail” was one of the 6 doc films selected for the Asian section of Docavaiv 2012.

. Planet of Snail

Japan / South Korea 2011, 90 min,

IDFA Best Feature-Length Award Winner “Planet of Snail” offers a captivating look at the lives of Young-Chan and Soon-Ho: he is blind and deaf and dreams of being an author writing in Braille; she is the angel who can help make this dream a reality.
If you ask Young-Chan, he will say he comes from Planet Snail. The planet’s residents are blind and deaf; they are called “snails” because they rely on their sense of touch to communicate. Young-Chan says no one on earth understood his language, and without his angel, partner and translator (Soon-Ho), he would have lost his belief in life. IDFA Best Feature-Length Award Winner “Planet of Snail” offers a captivating look at the lives of Young-Chan and Soon-Ho. Each daily task presents a challenge, but they never give up. Soon-Ho’s support helped Young-Chan discover a world of beauty at his fingertips. Having learned Braille, he dreams of becoming a writer and sharing his experiences with the world. Film page

. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY


Ai Weiwei is one of the most significant artists active today. His provocative works and insightful and frequent commentary online have earned him an enthusiastic following, but also led Chinese authorities to place him under house arrest. The portrait of a visionary artist, an original thinker and revolutionary who blurs the distinction between art and activism.

. AT THE STAIRS


India 2011, 29 min,
A Hindu widow spends the remainder of her days in Varanasi (Banaras) in India, waiting for her death rituals, funeral pyre and liberation from the cycle of life and rebirth.

The banks of the river Ganges and the stairs at Varanasi (Banaras) are a holy Hindu site. Countless pilgrims come for ritual bathing; death rituals and funeral pyres take place there constantly. A Hindu widow, one of many, arrives to spend the remainder of her days, believing that cremation at Banaras will liberate her from the suffering entailed by the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. A touching portrait of the relationship between life and death.
Director, Production & Script: Rajesh S. Jala

. BAD WEATHER


Germany / United Kingdom 2011, 82 min,
In south Bangladesh, a small island in danger of submersion is populated by 65 women who earn their living as sex workers. In this nightmarish existence they struggle to maintain their humanity.

Banishanta is a small island in south Bangladesh that serves almost exclusively as a brothel. 65 women who earn their living as sex workers live on a small strip of land 100 meters long and 10 meters wide. Living in impossible conditions, the island’s residents try to support themselves, raise their children, and perhaps even find love. If that is not hard enough, Banishanta confronts an ever-growing environmental threat: the rising river, soil erosion and frequent cyclones will eventually submerge the island. Quiet observation and intimate interviews tell the story of women who struggle to maintain their humanity in a nightmarish existence.

Director & Cinematography: Giovanni Giommi

. GIRL MODEL


United States 2011, 78 min,

A revealing look at the model industry that connects Siberia and Tokyo and sends 13 year old girls on a hopeless quest for the limelight and riches.

The modeling industry that connects Siberia to Tokyo is revealed through the eyes of two protagonists. Nadya (13) is chosen from among hundreds of Siberian girls for a fashion shoot in Japan. Naively hoping to alleviate her family’s financial hardship, she soon realizes that her contract leaves her alone and penniless in a foreign country. Ashley (30) is a former model; the harsh experiences she underwent taught her to take charge of her destiny. Today she works as a model scout specializing in matching the Siberian look to the Japanese product. Is she inflicting on Nadya what others did to her, or does she have the ability to change the industry from within?
Directors, Production, Script, Editing & Cinematography: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin

. GRACE


Israel 2012, 40 min,
Gracie came to Israel to look for work 20 years ago, since then she has lived with a split identity: half Filipina – half Israeli. Her deepest desire is to create a real home for herself and her Israeli children.

Gracie, a Filipina who came to Israel to look for work 20 years ago, married an Israeli man and bore him three sons. Since then she has lived with a split identity: half Filipina – half Israeli. She divorced, rediscovered her sexuality, entered a relationship with a Filipina and opened a beauty salon at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. The film follows Gracie, torn between shifting identities, whose deepest desire is to create a real home for herself and her Israeli children.
Director & Production: Michal Aronzon

SOURCE: DocAviv (9/05/2012)

ON ADN WEBNSITE:

Film page on ADN database

. “Planet of Snail” touching in many ways (Korean Herald)

. In Amsterdam, Four Asian docs win awards at 24th IDFA

Related posts:

CICSEP 2010 : 6 Dragon Awards for european productions
South Korea and China celebrate 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties
HK Film Festival 2012 includes 4 doc films in its competition
Korean EBS’s education contents go global on Google's YouTube
China’s Modern Dancers Emerge on Screen (Wall Street Journal)

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.