Planet of Snail (2011)
A film by Seungjun Yi
Length: 87' / 52'
HD 16:9 Color Stereo

IDFA 2011 (Winner, Best Feature Length Documentary), Tribeca 2012 (Competition, North American Premiere), Hotdocs 2012 (Competition, Canadian Premiere), Dubai International Film Festival 2011, Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 2012, One World Int'l Human Rights Festival 2012 (competition) and a lot more...

[Synopsis]

Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth, nobody understood his language and he was desperate. Then an angel walked into his life. Soon-Ho knows how it is to be lonely and soon becomes an inseparable part of his life. Young-Chan also discovers an amazing world under his fingers as he learned to read books with braille. Hopes began to grow and he dreams of writing a book. However, Soon-Ho cannot always be there for him because of her own problem of spine disability. The couple now should learn to survive alone. While Soon-Ho uneasily spends her first day waiting for his return, Young-Chan goes out for the biggest adventure of his life.

[The Filmmakers]

Director / Cinematographer: Seungjun Yi is one of Korea's emerging directors in the world documentary scene. Among a dozen TV length documentaries and shorts, Seungjun directed Children of god (2008), a story about the children living in the crematorium of Nepal, which has traveled the world including Hotdocs and is being distributed worldwide. His interest in filmmaking has always focused on the life of, so called the unseen minorities, which has become his signature style of filmmaking. With his new feature length documentary 'Planet of Snail' Seungjun teamed up with world class creative talents from literally all over the world including a Lebanese editor and a Finnish sound designer let alone the international funders and broadcasters. Yi's experiments on this ambitious project in every aspect of filmmaking broadened his view on documentary as a filmmaker.

Producer: Min-Chul Kim was born into a family that runs a record shop, a video rental store, and a photo shop altogether in a-bit-of-everything store in a small village of Korea. Thanks to the rich cultural environment of the family business, the country boy spent his teenage with American pops and Hong Kong noir films while watching his father developing black and white negatives in his kitchen turned dark room. He worked for film and TV productions to survive his life and love in Amsterdam while studying communication management. After a number of jobs including party promoter, literary agent and running a one-man production, he is now an independent producer based in Seoul and Amsterdam while mixing and crossing not only genres but also media and industries. Min-Chul's producer filmography includes Bong-Nam Park's 2009 IDFA mid-length competition winner Iron Crows.

[Credit list]

Producers: Min-Chul Kim, Gary Kam
Co-producer: Janne Niskala (Vaski Filmi)
Cinematographer / Director: Yi Seungjun
Editors: Simon El Habre, Yi Seungjun

Assistant producer: Jinhee Kim
Assistant directors Woo Dongyeol, Lee Jinyoung, Park Jiyeon
Executive producer: Dongsung Cho
Presented by CreativEAST/ Dalpaengee
Essays and poetry by Cho Youngchan
Music by Min Seongki (Transistor head)
Underwater shooting Bok Jinoh
Boom operators Woo Dongyeol, Lee Jinyoung, Park Jiyeon
Color grading Sangsangmadang Cinelab, Eligio Kim
Sound Post Production facilities Äänipää oy
Sound designer / Sound editor Sami Kiiski (S.Y.T.M.Ä)
Foley Studio H5 Film Sound
Supervising foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley recordist Kirsi Hiltunen
Mixing facilities Meguru Film Sound ltd
Re-recording mixer Peter Nordström

Love is Touch app / New media: MarkofMan.com
Head designer / Project manager: Shawn Convey
Senior Application / html5 developer: Andrija Jambrovic
Senior Flash Developer: Tomislav Pesut
Technical consultant: Rich Lowenberg
Original concept: Min-Chul Kim, Yu Kim (Zaraza)

Graphic design: Jacqueline Elich
Promotions editor: Milena Z. Petrovic

Co-produced by NHK / Imamura Ken-ichi
In association with YLE / Iikka Vehkalati
In association with Finnish Film Foundation / Miia Haavisto, Elina Kivihalme
With support from BCPF&EIDF Documentary Fund
This film was supported by a grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program
With support from Cinereach Documentary Grants
With marketing and distribution support from Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)
Developed in the framework of EURODOC 2010
Camera sponsored by CANON KOREA
World Sales Cat&Docs

Seungjun thanks to
Daejeon Jinggumdari, Cheonan Ggoomnamu church, Korea Nazarene University, Rafhael's Home, Nada Arts Band, Chungcheongnamdo Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, The Independent Broadcasting Producer & Director Association of Korea, Lee Miyoung, Yi Sian, Tom Fleischman

Min-Chul thanks to
Imamura Ken-ichi, Iikka Vehkalahti, Catherine LeClef, Maelle Guenegues, Tore Tomter, Bong-Nam Park, Anne-Marie Luccioni and Eurodoc 2010 organizers, trainers and alumni, Leah Giblin and Adella Ladjevardi (Cinereach), Rhadi Taylor and Cara Mertes (Sundance Institute), Kumjana Novakova (Pravo Ljudski), Angelica Wang (DocDoc), Yu Kim (Zaraza), Jin-Hee Kwon (BCPF), Anne Laurila (POEM), KOCCA

Producer contact: himinchul@gmail.com
Director contact: sean1936@gmail.com
World Sales: CAT&Docs (catndocs.com)

Official website: planetofsnail.com

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