Miracle on Jongno Street 종로의 기적 (2011)

Miracle on Jongno Street 종로의 기적

Korea  |  2011  |  109min  |  HD  |  COLOR
Language : Korean  |  Subtitles : Korean, English

STAFF
Director: Hyuk-sang LEE
Production Groups: Collective for Sexual Minority Cultures Pinks, Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group Chingusai
Producer: Il-rhan KIM
Screenwriters: Sung-hee KIM, IIl-rhan KIM, Hyuk-sang LEE, Young-hee HAN, Ji-you HONG
Cinematography: Hyuk-sang LEE
Assistant Cameras: Sung-hee KIM, IIl-rhan KIM, Ji-you HONG
Editing: Hyuk-sang LEE, IIl-rhan KIM
Sound: Ju-seok LEE
Music: Ji-yoon JUNG

CAST
Joon-moon SO
Byoung-gwon CHANG
Young-soo CHOI
Yol JUNG
G-Voice

SYNOPSIS
“It’s the golden age of my gay life!”
The first campy gay documentary by a gay director from Korea.

Jongno(“Bell Street”) in Seoul, has been a cultural ghetto for gay men since at least the 1980’s. Currently home to over 100 business establishments and human rights activist organizations mainly for gay men, it is an indispensable community and a safe haven where sexual minorities, through unfettered communication and encounters, have created their own culture and raised their pride.

The first feature length gay documentary film in Korea, one of the most conservative country for LGBT people in Asia, Miracle on Jongno Street is a story about 4 gay men who try to lead a ‘normal but unique life.’ Despite their weary lives, The alleys of Nagwon-dong(‘Eden District’) of Jongno in Seoul is a place where they make friends and find love, and in a way it could be referred to as their private ‘Garden of Eden.’ The movie is a real life documentary about 5 men including the director himself, who meet and become friends in Eden.

In the middle of making a queer film Jun-moon, a independent film director, loses his self-confidence due to social scrutiny regarding his sexual orientation and trauma from his military duty. Byung-gwon, a gay rights activist, has been participating in movements to establish equal rights for homosexual laborers and workplaces that are free of discrimination against sexual minorities. Young-soo, a chef who moved from the countryside 10 years ago, lived a lonely life but he finds happiness after joining a gay choir called G-Voice. Yol, who works for a major company, dreams of the day him and his partner, can have a legal wedding with overcoming the prejudice against people living with HIV/AIDS. Disclosing his gay identity along with these four gay friends, the director seeks to tell the world the true meaning of coming out.

These stories are no different from the lives of the ‘heterosexual majority’ and the relatively normal portrayal of these men is original and a significant achievement in the positive representation of homosexuals for the first time in Korea.

DIRECTOR’ NOTE
The first feature length gay documentary film in Kor4ea, one of the most conservative country for LGBT people in Asia, ‘Miracle on Jongno street’ is a story about 4 gay men who try to lead a ‘normal but unique life/’ Disclosing his gay identity along with these four gay friends, the director seeks to tell the world the true meaning of coming out, These stories are no different from the lives of the ‘heterosexual majority’ and the relatively normal portrayal of these men is original and a significant achievement in the positive representation of homosexuals for the first time in Korea.

FESTIVALS/AWARDS
2010 The 15th Pusan International Film Festival The Winner of PIFF Mecenat Award
2010 The 15th Incheon Human Rights Film Festival – Closing Film
2010 The 13th Gangneung Human Rights Film Festival
2010 The 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival
2010 The Association of Korean Independent Film & Video 2010’s Best Korean Independent Film Awarded
2011 The 11th Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Video Festival
2011 The 15th Seoul Human Rights Film Festival – Opening Film
2011 The 13th Asia Queer Film & Video Festival (Japan)
2011 The 16th Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival
2011 The 6th Festival Franco Coreen du Film (France)
2011.06. Released in Theaters
2012 Seoul LGBT Film Festival – special section
2014 RAINBOWACTION FILM FESTIVAL (Japan)
2014 Seoul LGBT Film Festival

종로의 기적
The Miracle on Jongno street

연출  이혁상  |  2010  |  다큐멘터리  |  109min  | HD  | 16:9  |  15 이상 관람가
언어  한국어  |  자막   한국어, 영어
제작  연분홍치마  | 배급  ()시네마달

명의 명랑 게이들이 만드는
기적 같은 커밍아웃 스토리

서울 종로구 낙원동에 밤이 찾아오면 새로운 주인들이 하나 둘씩 골목을 채우기 시작한다. 남자를 사랑하는 남자들이 서로의 고단한 삶을 위로하며, 친구를 만나고, 사랑을 찾는 . 낙원동은 언제부터인가 게이들을 위한 작은낙원 되었다.

스태프와 배우들에게 소리 치지 못하는 소심한 게이 감독 준문,
일도 연애도 포기할 없는 욕심 많고 재주 많은 열혈 청년 병권,
함께 노래하고 춤추는 친구들을 만나 게이 인생의 황금기를 맞이한 쑥맥 시골 게이 영수,
사랑스러운 연인과 함께 선구적 사랑을 실천하는 로맨티스트 !

무지개빛 내일을 꿈꾸며, 벅찬 걸음을 내딛는 그들의 이야기가 지금 시작된다!

블로그: blog.naver.com/gaystory

FESTIVALS
2010 15 부산국제영화제 와이드앵글 다큐멘터리 경쟁 부문
2010 15 인천인권영화제
2010 13 강릉인권영화제
2010 36 서울독립영화제
2011 11 인디다큐페스티발
2011 15 서울인권영화제

AWARDS
2010 15 부산국제영화제 피프메세나상 수상
2010 올해의 독립영화상 수상 (한국독립영화협회 선정)

FUND
2011 영화진흥위원회 상반기 다양성영화 개봉지원

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