Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Planet of Snail
Seung-Jun Yi / South Korea, Japan, Finland / 2011 / 87 min / Korean
A love story like no other - a disabled couple with a unique sense of touch.
IDFA Best Feature Documentary 2011, Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012
Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. As he puts it, "In the beginning there was darkness and silence." Young-Chan had no idea how to participate in the world until he met Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping their fingers together, they can understand one another; sometimes it is as if they are tenderly playing a piano. This documentary follows the couple in the same gentle tempo as Young-Chan moves through his life. We see them replacing a light bulb together, receiving friends, working on a theater piece, reading a book, and gliding on a sleigh down a mountain. These everyday scenes are accompanied by a poetic voice-over by Young-Chan, in which he reflects on his existence without sight and hearing. He feels like an astronaut, but that doesn't mean he is without a sense of beauty in the world. This becomes palpable when Young-Chan touches the bark of a tree, runs his hand through sand, or brushes raindrops on a window pane with his fingertips. A unique testimony of love and the will to overcome obstacles. http://www.planetofsnail.com/
The last in the Re-Verzio series: OSA and Verzio Film Festival present six outstanding documentaries, the most popular films of the 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. For more details, see the pdf flyer below.
Films are screened in the original language with English subtitles.