In her first feature film Nothing or Everything, South Korean filmmaker Gyeol Kim says a lot with a little. A limited range of shots, combined with a shallow depth-of-field, place the emphasis on the individual characters as a story of deep emotional trauma unfolds.
A rich and complex narrative draws from the strength of its two actors, exquisite cinematography, and circular time structure in which the past and present play out simultaneously. Despite the simple-seeming premise of two women walking on a mountain, the film draws the viewer in to discover so much more.
In its use of light, Nothing or Everything is atmospheric and original. In form, it is innovative; aesthetically and sonically, it is well-executed. In the end, the work is so beautiful to look at—and the acting so intense and accomplished—that the viewer is richly rewarded for slowing down to meet its pace.
In partnership with the Michigan Theater, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will present Nothing or Everything—which had its North American premiere at the festival this past March—on Wednesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the State Theatre (233 South State Street) in Ann Arbor. It will be the fourth of seven films to show this summer as part of the new monthly “AAFF Presents” screening series.
Tickets for the entire series are free for AAFF members.
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See you at the movies!