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Feature Film Directorial Debut of Cannes Residence Program Selectee

2007/06/19 Source

Female Korean directors are in short supply, but their ranks gained a valuable addition with director Kim Hee-jung's debut feature film. "The Wonder Years" (YeolSesal, Sooa) depicts a high school girl who is unsatisfied with her life and mother, and creates an alternative take on her life.

KIM's short films got her noticed by the renowned Cannes Residence Program which selected her for their 2005 edition. There she developed "The Wonder Years", her first feature film.

The film premiered last week and offers an alternative for the big-budget summer fare. "The Wonder Years" opened at ten in last weekend's box office.

Teenage actor Lee Se-young plays the protagonist girl. Her credentials include "Lovely Rivals" and "When I Turned Nine". The mother is played by Chu Sang-mi ("On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate", "A Smile"").

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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