"Oldest Son" - Director: Cecilia Kang
Fiction - 70 minutes - In development stage
LABS & MARKETS
Bal - Bafici 2017
Producers workshop Cannes Film Festival 2017
Script development program, Seoul Film Commission 2017
Lobolab, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2017
What happens when you decide to take a different path from your social mandate? Three stories or portions of memory of a Korean family migrating to a distant country. A journey of meetings and disagreements between a past and its possible presents.
Argentina. Summer. Lila, a young Korean’s daughter, accompanies her father on a fishing trip with her friends, where the cultural differences echo constantly in her eyes. There, images of the past will cross in front of Lila, images that are foreign to her but at the same time their own: South Korea. Winter. Little So Young transit with her mother their last day in the city, before they travel to the other side of the world, to reunite with the father she has not seeing in eight years. Paraguay. Summer. Antonio, a Korean man is adrift, broken and without knowing in which way his life goes. A son who lost his way, and tries to find it again.
“Oldest Son” comes from the memories of my own father and my family, told and heard over and over throughout my life, like a mantra. All together they portray the sentimental biography of a family of foreigners, or they can also be the stories of characters who never met in their lives. But they walk down the same winding and unknown road. It is a personal account, but also a story that talks about the vicissitudes of someone who has been uprooted. In Korea, being the “oldest son” involves having many social duties. Being the pillar of the family and of his ancestors. What happens when the oldest son tries to change the course of his life? Go to a new, unknown place. Without regarding the reasons of that decision. Captured in a visual triptych, "Oldest Son" explores the mythology of memory.