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CAMEL(S)

South Korea, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Regional Focus)

Director: Park Kiyong

A man and a woman, having once met in the pharmacy where the woman works, drive to a hotel in a small seaside town near Seoul. Only on the way does the man ask the woman her name. Each has their own families, and memories of the town, once a small inlet in their school days, now full of restaurants, karaoke bars and love motels.

Digitally shot in black-and-white, with a single camera and only available lighting, the simple storyline is underscored by the intricate, evolving relationship between the couple. The film's two sole actors - given considerable freedom to develop their characters and the film's plot - draw on large resources of emotions and motives to provide profound insights into human desire.

"Shot in 12 days, it's a tiny snapshot of human behaviour in which any audience can find personal resonance." - Variety

Previous to Camel(s), Park Kiyong's (born in South Korea, 1961) debut film Motel Cactus, shot by Australian expatriate Christopher Doyle (1997), won the FIPRESCI Award (Special Mention) at Rotterdam Film Festival.

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