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In the Absence screens at ICA, with Q+A

Amid all the justified excitement about Parasite, let’s not forget that Korea has another film with an Oscar nomination this year. Its producer, Gary Byung-Seok Kam, is in town to answer your questions at a screening at the ICA this weekend.

In the Absence

Dir Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea / USA 2018, 29 min., Korean with English subtitles
Saturday 25 January 2020, 2:50pm
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Pall Mall, Cinema 1
£10 Full, £8 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members | Buy tickets
This screening is followed by a Q+A with film producer Gary Byung-Seok Kam.


When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.

Oscar-nominated short film In the Absence combines intimate interviews with victims’ families, survivors, and rescue divers with carefully-picked archival footage and audio recordings obtained from the South Korean authorities. The result is a compelling and compassionate story of the people whose lives were deeply affected by this tragedy.

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