HOT IN DAY, COLD AT NIGHT

  • Park Song Yeol
  • South Korea
  • 2022

Like all success stories, the history of Korean cinema has many other facets. Independent Korean cinema, which is met with admiration and respect at film festivals around the world, hardly receives the same recognition in South Korean movie theaters. This difference between the powerful (commercial cinema) and the humble (independent cinema) is clearly reflected in the narrative and formal expression chosen by director Park Song-yeol. Najeneun deopgo bameneun chupgo (Hot in Day, Cold at Night) tells us, through perfectly staged shots and the depiction of a city that is as routine as it is far removed from tourist images, of the economic hardships of a young couple who find themselves in distress due to a lack of work, bills piling up and credit cards that eventually stop working due to non-payment. In this everyday struggle, which is less epic than routine and absurd, and in which social and family relationships seem to crumble until they cease to exist, the film shows us the face of a society in which certain sections of the population are increasingly being left behind. Sung Moon

  • Park Song Yeol

    Park Song Yeol was born in Seongnam, South Korea, in 1981. He made his short film Night and Dreams (2013) after graduating from the Department of Film at Yongin University. The film was invited to the Jeonju International Film Festival, the Seoul Independent Film Festival and the Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival. Later, Park made a feature film, Can We Just Love (2018), which deals with the everyday life of a couple in love. Can We Just Love was the graduation film of Indieforum and won the Best Award at Jeonbuk Independent Film Festival 2018. Hot in Day, Cold at Night is his second film.

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