abrandnewlife
World Cinema

A Brand New Life

(Yeo-haeng-ja)

Year 2009
Runtime 92 mins
Language Korean
Subtitles Korean
Alberta Premiere

Korean with English subtitles

PG: Not Recommended for Children

Inspired by director Ounie Lecomte’s experiences growing up, A BRAND NEW LIFE tells the incredible story of a nine-year old Korean girl, Jinhee, whose father takes her to a Catholic orphanage for adoption. Jinhee doesn’t want to believe or accept what has happened—she is convinced her father will be coming back for her. She refuses to eat, change, speak, obey the orphanage staff or make any friends. Throughout her extended stay in the orphanage, she begins to realize the truth and accepts her fate, slowly befriending a slightly older girl named Sookhee, who not only needs a co-conspirator for her games, but also hopes they will get adopted out together.

Taking place over the course of a year, A BRAND NEW LIFE is an intimate debut feature about abandonment and adoption, love and loss. Jinhee will lead you through her incredible emotional journey and into a new world of discovery and hope.

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Countries

Korea, Republic of
Awards
Best Feature Film Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk - Special Mention Berlin International Film Festival 2010, New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize Palm Springs International Film Festival 2010, Asian Film Award Tokyo International Film Festival 2009
Festivals
Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2010, Official Selection San Francisco International Film Festival 2010, Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2009
Director
Ounie LECOMTE
Executive Producer
PARK Hyuntae
Producer
LEE Changdong, Laurent LAVOLE, LEE Joondong
Screenwriter
Ounie LECOMTE
Cinematographer
KIM Hyunseok
Editor
KIM Hyungjoo
Production Design
BAEK Kyeongin
Music
Jim SERT
Cast
KIM Saeron, PARK Doyeon, KO A-Sung, PARK Myoungshin, OH Mansuk