Directed by: Shin Su-Won 2017 | 117 min.

Section: Spotlight on Korea

Premiere: International Premiere


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HIFF-Award winning director SHIN SU-WON will be in attendance for the second screening ONLY.

Doctoral candidate Jae-yeon (Moon Geunyoung returning to the big screen after a long hiatus) is a brilliant researcher. She takes pains to hide her disabled leg and silently focuses on her work. She believes that the disability in her leg is the result of her father being cursed while logging. Believing that trees have souls, she devotes herself to the study of extending human life using plant cells. She is romantically involved with her mentor, who sees great potential in her innovative research, but wants to use the results to monetize it in the marketplace now.

Jae-yon refuses and is soon betrayed by him, when he steals her research and takes ownership. Re-assigning it to a rival lab tech, whom he is also sleeping with. Betrayed, Jae-yon retreats from the world and goes deep into the forest to live alone in a greenhouse aka the “glass garden.”  

Meanwhile, an unpublished novelist who, after accusing a senior writer of plagiarism, is ostracized from the literary world, watches Jae-yeon from afar. Fascinated with Jae-yeon, he follows her to her hiding place in the forest in hopes of using her story in his next novel. And there he makes a shocking discovery.

GLASS GARDEN, the Opening Night Film of the 2017 Busan Film Festival, is the fourth feature of Shin Su-won (HIFF 2015 Grand Prize Winner for MADONNA). Shin brings a female perspective that explores the dark undercurrents of Korean society, one that is both poetic and goes for the jugular. She places a mirror on the Korean patriarchy, delving into dark and sometimes uncomfortable spaces where women are placed in society.

— Anderson Le


Synopsis written by: Anderson Le


Wednesday, November 08 8:15 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Saturday, November 11 5:15 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Shin Su-Won
Screenwriter Shin Su-Won
Producer Lim Choong-Geun
Cast Moon Geun-Young, Park Ji-Soo, Kim Tae-Hoon, Seo Tae-Hwa
Cinematographer Yoon Ji-Woon

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