A film by Marte Vold and JÉro Yun
Documentary, 77 minutes, Norway/South Korea 2017
Mer Film (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over the span of a year, filmmakers Marte (Norway) and Jéro (South Korea) exchange visual letters, documenting their everyday lives.
Marte Vold (37) and Jéro Yun’s (35) collaboration began in 2015 when they were asked to team up for CPH:LAB, the talent development and production programme at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in Denmark. In the course of the following year, Marte and Jero exchanged visual letters, documenting their everyday lives in Oslo (Norway) and Seoul (South Korea), respectively.
LETTERS is the culmination of this exchange — a conversation spanning continents, cultures, gender and lifestyles. Touching on heritage, kinship, and the mundane and subtle poetry of our embodied lives, LETTERS is a meditation on the connections that bind, unite and release us.
The primary agent in LETTERS is time. Time is what allowed us to unhurriedly gather material, not having to decide on its significance or value or meaning — letting life unfold in the awkward, intimate, painful and mysterious ways it often does. With time, themes also started emerging, entangled with memories. Our mothers, and for Marte`s part also motherhood, became urgent matters. LETTERS was a very specific kind of temporal commitment.
Jéro Yun got his education from Beaux-arts de Nancy (Fine Art school) and at ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris) where he learned classic cinema and documentary. He got awarded for his short film PROMISE in 2011, and wrote his first feature film SECRET OF MY FATHER in 2012.
Marte Vold (b. 1978 in Tromsø, Norway) graduated from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2005, and from The Norwegian Film School as a cinematographer in 2008. As a director, Vold’s work includes OUT OF NATURE (co-directed with Ole Giæver, 2014), featured at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlinale. In 2016, Vold participated in New Directors/New Films at MoMA in New York with her short film TOTEM (2015). As a cinematographer, Vold’s work includes several award-winning shorts and documentaries, her most recent work being the feature film THE TREE FELLER (dir. Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, 2017). Vold lives and works in Oslo.