Q & A with director So Yong Kim.
About Treeless Mountain
Shot in South Korea and inspired by early childhood memories, Treeless Mountain is a dreamlike tale of a six-year-old girl and her younger sister coping with loss when their single mother leaves them with an uncaring aunt. This lovely, humanistic film is presented through the eyes of these remarkable children—to whom everything is magnified and oversized—while still providing “a quiet, poignant drama of abandonment and resilience” (New York Times). 2008, 35mm, in Korean with English subtitles, 89 minutes.
So Yong Kim was born in Pusan, South Korea, but immigrated to the Unites States when she was 12. Her first feature, In Between Days (2006), inspired by her experience of growing up in Los Angeles, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Film at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and a Special Jury Prize for Independent Vision at the Sundance Film Festival. Also nominated for two Gotham awards and the “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award, it was screened at the 2006 Women with Vision Film Festival.