Communication & Lies | So-tong-gwa Geo-jit-mal

This black and white debut film from Lee Seungwon is a bitter journey into the human behavioural complexity. He tells an uncomfortable story of a man and a woman marked by a profound tragedy. These two damaged souls meet and lie constantly, unable to establish healthy communication. He is unhappy and she displays self-destructive behaviours. When she seeks extreme humiliation he reacts with introversion. The calm, intimate style of directing allows an unexpected empathy with this fragile and unlikable couple, whose impending doom is announced by the gradual revelations of terrible wounds from the past.

Cast & Crew

CastJANG Sun, KIM Kwon-hoo, KIMsun-young   
Producer: KIM Sang-su
Writer: LEE Seung-won
Cinematography: JI Seung-woo
Editor: CHOI Yong-won
Sound Designer: KI Seung-pil, LEE Jong-ho

Festivals & Awards

– Busan International Film Festival. NETPAC Award & Actor & Actress of the Year Award (Sun Jang) 
– Seoul International Film Festival
– International Film Festival Rotterdam
– Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
– Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
– T-mobile New Horizons International Film Festival
– Filmfest Hamburg

Director LEE Seung-won
Country South Korea
Year 2015
Length 103 min
Language Korean with English subtitles

About the director

Since his short film Contradiction (2005) was invited to the critics’ week at Jeonju Int’l Film Festival, LEE Seung-won has worked in the film industry as well as theatrical plays and musicals.

He directed plays including Truthiness and Moral Family, and wrote a script for the play Monster. He also wrote scenarios for feature length films, and Communication & Lies (2015) is his directorial debut.