Yoon Dan-Bi

South Korea, 2019 / 105 min / Korean OV with French or English subt. / drama

The portrait of three estranged generations forced to live under one roof by circumstances out of their control.

Following her parents’ divorce, Okju, her little brother Dongju, and their father are forced to move out of their apartment and into the house of the children’s estranged grandfather. Although grandpa's humble abode is pretty unsuitable, it provides temporary shelter to the family. During the school holidays, while the children stay at home and take care of their grandfather whose age is catching up to him at alarming speed, their father unsuccessfully tries to make money selling shoes. Following altercations with her husband that have effectively put her marriage on the rocks, Okju’s aunt also moves into the house under the pretense of wanting to take care of the children. While the adults are hard at work trying to keep up appearances, Okju and her brother slowly begin to adjust to their new home and housemates. But the grandfather’s failing health forces the two younger generations to make some tough decisions.

A remarkable debut reminiscent of both the themes and style of Japanese master Kore-eda Hirokazu, Yoon Dan-Bi explores the contemporary meaning of family in a series of unemphatic, yet acutely observed moments.

Tue 10/03 18:30 Cinémathèque KR OV with EN subt. Public
Wed 11/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia KR OV with FR subt. Public
Fri 13/03 14:00 Ciné Utopia KR OV with EN subt. Public

“Yoon Dan-bi’s script, and her execution of it, shows a terrific understanding of a traditional Korean multi-generational family unit. In that sense, the film often reminds of the works of Japanese master Hirokazu Koreeda […] Moving On may be a quintessentially Korean film about a traditional Korean family unit, but it is to Yoon Dan-bi’s credit that its multi-layered content has universal appeal and can be relatable to cultures and families around the world. Featuring memorable scenes that amuse, entertain and force you to contemplate, the film is sure to make its viewers smile involuntarily at various stages throughout its runtime and stands as one of the finer films of 2019, celebrating the centennial of Korean cinema as a great example of what indie cinema from the country can achieve.” Rhythm Zaveri, Asian Movie Pulse, 14/12/19

  • Bright Future Award – Best Feature Film Debut, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020 (Netherlands)
  • NETPAC Award – Best Korean Film, Busan International Film Festival, 2019 (South Korea)
  • KTH Award, Busan International Film Festival, 2019 (South Korea)
  • Directors Guild of Korea Award – Outstanding Korean Film, Busan International Film Festival, 2019 (South Korea)
  • Citizen Critics’ Award, Busan International Film Festival, 2019 (South Korea)
Cast & Credits
Choi Jung-Un, Yang Heung-Ju, Park Hyeon-Yeong, Park Seung-Jun, Kim Sang-Dong
Yoon Dan-Bi
Kim Gi-Hyeon
Kim Hyun-Wook, Donghoon Han
ONU Film
M-Line Distribution

Born in 1990, Yoon Dan-Bi is a South Korean filmmaker. Her short film Fireworks (2015) made it to domestic festivals such as Daegu Independent Short Film Festival and Korea Youth Film Festival in 2015. She then enrolled at Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Content in 2017 before directing her feature film debut Moving On (2019). The latter had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival in 2019 where it managed to win four awards, before being selected to the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2020.

  • 2019 – Nam-mae-wui Yeo-reum-bam
  • 2015 – Fireworks (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)