Planet of Snail

World Documentary Competition

North American Premiere

South Korea | 89 MINUTES | Korean |


Documentary, Relationships
Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in the quiet, isolated world of his small apartment, nursing dreams of someday becoming a successful writer. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman herself compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. A small and delicate tale, Planet of Snail depicts this inseparable pair in their daily life, infusing beauty and gravity into the minutest moments of their experience: the challenge of changing a light bulb, the thrill of a ride on a sled, the momentousness of a day out in the world alone.

Winner of the top jury prize at the world's preeminent nonfiction film festival, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, Planet of Snail is a poetic and gently paced study that brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple. Deftly directed with tenderness and subtlety under the sensitive hand of documentarian Seung-Jun Yi, Planet of Snail is a visually striking, intimate, and experiential journey that proves the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories.


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Directed by Seung-Jun Yi and Seung-Jun Yi

Seung-Jun Yi is one of Korea's emerging directors in the world documentary scene. Among his dozen TV docs and shorts, he directed Children of God (2008), a story about children living in the crematorium of Nepal, which played in many festivals, including HotDocs, and is being distributed worldwide.
Seung-Jun Yi
Sound Designer & Editor
Sami Kiiski (S.Y.T.M.A.)
Simon El Habre, Seung-Jun Yi
Janne Niskala
Min-Chul Kim, Gary Kam
Essays & Poetry
Cho Youngchan
Associate Producer
Jinhee Kim
Primary Cast
Young-Chan, Soon-Ho
Min Seonki
Executive Producer
Dongsung Cho


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