A GIRL AT MY DOOR
Directed by July Jung
“Only people who live under the weight of the world’s prejudices can recognize the preciousness of the people around them.”
Featuring award-winning Doona Bae, Sae-Ron Kim, Sae-Byuk Song, and produced by Changdong Lee, director of “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry,” A GIRL AT MY DOOR marks July Jung’s feature directorial debut. A GIRL AT MY DOOR tells the tale of a woman trying to save a girl from her misery, a young girl in the face of a dangerous decision, and an abusive yet ironically popular man who takes advantage of the woman’s murky past.
Young-nam rose to the ranks in the police headquarters at Seoul, but was censured for misconduct and demoted to chief of a small seaside town. As the small precinct’s chief, Young-nam bumps into the odd, strangely dressed, teenaged Dohee. When Young-nam catches Dohee’s stepfather beating her, she intervenes. A new friendship forms as Young-nam’s kindness inspires a kind of obsession of Dohee; her childlike innocence touches Young-nam’s heart.
When Dohee’s grandmother dies, Dohee knocks on Young-nam’s door for protection. Young-nam’s past haunts her as things begin spiraling down; accusations of molestation are made against Young-nam, putting her career on the line while simultaneously galvanizing the timid Dohee to make a dangerous decision to save her only friend.
Although labeled as a “child-abuse drama” sub-genre, A GIRL AT MY DOOR tackles many other social issues prevalent in South Korea in a subtle manner that compliments Doona Bae’s subdued voice and subtle emotional nuances. With a plethora of themes and motifs, A GIRL AT MY DOOR has screened and been nominated for awards at various prestigious festivals, including Cannes, Stockholm, Chicago International, and the Blue Dragon Awards. AAIFF’15 will mark its New York City debut.
July Jung graduated from the Film, Television and Multimedia program at the School of Art, Sungkyunkwan University. She continued her studies at Korea National University of Arts, where she produced A MAN UNDER THE INFLUENZA, which received the Sonje Award at the Busan International Film Festival in 2007. Her short film, 11, was invited to the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. After proving her potential with THE DOG THAT CAME INTO MY FLASHLIGHT, JUNG makes her feature directorial debut with A GIRL AT MY DOOR.