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PROJECT About Daughter (HD / color / 100min / Korea) NO 1
DIRECTOR BOO Jiyoung
WRITER BOO Jiyoung
PRODUCER JE Jeongju
PRODUCTION ATO Co., ltd., HWAPOONG CINEMA Co.
PROJECT STATUSScript Development
DIRECTOR - BOO Jiyoung
Film director Boo Jiyoung is a graduate of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). Her first feature film, Sisters on the Road (2008), was invited to film festivals including Busan International Film Festival 2008, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 2009 and Tokyo International Women’s Film Festival 2009, and earned awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Women In Film Korea Festival 2009. Her second feature, Cart (2014), was invited to various film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival 2014, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, Udine Far East Film Festival 2015 and Busan International Film Festival 2014, and was selected among the year’s 10 best films at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2015. She is currently working on her third feature film, About Daughter.
PRODUCER - JE Jeongju
Je Jeongju graduated from Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) where she studied filmmaking. She has produced a number of films, including anthology film Horror Stories (Hong Jiyoung, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Lim Daewoong, Jung Bumshik, Min Kyu-dong, 2012), Adulthood (Kim In-seon, 2017), Last Child (Shin Dongseok, 2017) and another anthology film, Let Us Meet Now (Boo Jiyoung, Kang Yikwan, Kim Seoyoon, 2018).

Production company ATO Co., ltd. is a film production company run by a group of 4 film producers. Their filmography includes The World of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2016), Yongsoon (Shin Joon, 2016), Home (Kim Jongwoo, 2017), Last Child (Shin Dongseok, 2017) and The House of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2019). ATO Co., ltd. has also distributed a number of short films, including Sprout (Yoon Ga-eun, 2013), and is currently gearing up for the production of their sixth feature-length film, Aebi gyu hwan (Choi Ha-na).
SYNOPSIS
Jeongeun, who works as a care worker at a nursing hospital for the elderly, hears from her daughter, Saein, who demands money for her security deposit. But Jeongeun can’t afford to help. When she is compelled to let Saein stay at her place, Saein takes the liberty of moving in together with her partner, Inae. Saein, a part-time university lecturer and Inae, a chef, are a lesbian couple of 7 years. Jeongeun, unable to accept their relationship, faces a series of inconveniences and conflicts which she can only complain about in monologue fashion to Jaeshin, whom she is taking care of at the nursing hospital. Jaeshin has spent a lifetime tending to those on the fringes of society, but has ended up a lonely, old lady with Alzheimer’s. With both her finances and her medical condition in decline, the hospital devises a plan to send her to a cheaper nursing home. Meanwhile, Jeongeun discovers wounds on Saein’s face and body and starts interrogating her daughter until Saein explodes and storms out of the house. Jeongeun soon learns that Saein is fighting against the university, which suddenly fired her along with a few other part-time colleagues. One night, Jeongeun is looking for Saein at the school but gets swept up in a fiery protest, becoming victim and also witness to violence caused by anti-gay protesters, in which Saein and her colleagues are badly injured. Meanwhile, she learns Jaeshin has been sent to another nursing home while she was away, and sets out to find her.
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