Interview with Jiyeong Hong, the director of the film "The Waves, The Sand, and Two Lovers in the Middle Of…", interviewer Massimo Iannetti
"Director Jiyeong Hong unlocks the pure delicate cocoon of love. As in her previous filmography, the film is not led by the narrative- in fact, credits for screenwriting have not been entered in BNFF website. “The Waves, The Sand, and Two Lovers in the Middle Of…” strength is its atmosphere; it is a movie easier to experience than put into words.
The film’s title captures it’s elliptical nature and describes it’s main visual focus points. Hong has managed to create a capsule on a timeless, placeless beach, where the rhythm of breath is guided by the sound of waves and the tender voiceover frames two girls about whom we know only that they love each other.
The capsule effect is magnified by the primitive technology used to film it, capturing the story on a flickering faded screen.
Hong describes the idea for the film: “When I see cinema, queers or non-normative people are on the background, not focused on in the mainstream narratives. And I thought how to make it real, how to make those non-exists exist. But I thought making the same as the mainstream movies are not really the right way to make the queers exist.”
That opens the film for what often goes unnoticed- usually invisible pixels are brought in front of our eyes and the sound and background elements carry bigger meaning.
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