In Her Place
Directed by Albert Shin
A rural teen is the kind of quiet that can only mean she has secrets. For those in her town, her secret is that she’s pregnant. But, there’s more hidden within her own home. The teen’s mother has decided to give up the unborn baby to a couple from Seoul, who hold mysteries of their own. The Seoul woman comes to live with the mother and grandmother of her future baby — in part to contribute to its prenatal care, in part to scope out the baby’s flesh and blood.
In that quiet, we witness three women shifting around each other, playing a game of empathy and suspicion. Korean Canadian director Albert Shin marvelously depicts the ways maternal instincts form a bond between women, even under the most disquieting and ambiguously cryptic silence. Newcomer Ahn Ji Hye shines as the teenager, clutching her stuffed animals while imagining possible lives with and without her baby. Her vehement silence is that of a culture grappling with absentee parenting and the suppressed emotions of surrogacy.
– Brian Hu
Expected Guest in Attendance:
Albert Shin (Director): March 14 and March 15 screenings
Co-Presenter: Korean American Professional Society
Producer: Igor Drljaca, Yoon Hyun Chan, Albert Shin
Writer: Pearl Ball-Harding, Albert Shin
Cinematographer: Moon Myoung Hwan
Editor: Albert Shin
Music: Alexandre Klinke
Cast: Yoon Da Kyung, Kil Hae Yeon, Ahn Ji Hye, Kim Sung Cheol