France, South Korea 2021
79 minutes
directed by: Oan Kim and Brigitte Bouillot

A superb documentary work that ranks in style with the films of some of the most important French authors.

This is a story that introduces us to the dark inner spaces of a man crucified between Korea and France, to the spaces of a personal history inextricably intertwined with the history of a nation, to the spaces of colours, paintings and painting, to the immeasurable space between the painter and the fluid surface of the canvas, to the microcosm of innumerable droplets. This is an exciting personal search and a refined essay on art and the artist. Together with Brigitte Bouillot, Oan Kim tells the story of his father, one of the most important contemporary artists in South Korea. This is the story about the dilemmas and secrets that the son faces when trying to make a study of the father, a study in which close up shots of his always unusually pensive father are intertwined with the shots of his work. This precisely captured meditative peace is filled with additional flow of oneiric fragments of drama and unrest. Authors create together the film as a perfectly constructed puzzle where the last, smallest piece will give the final meaning to the whole story. In a musically precise rhythm, in a slow pace, the authors build a real cinematic tension that keeps the viewers nailed from the beginning to the end of the film.

This is a film about a secret hidden in depths of a torn being who turned into a charismatic artist so that he could testify to the world about the beauty that rises above the dark abyss.

Brigitte Bouillot

Brigitte Bouillot is a filmmaker, photographer and scenographer based in Paris. she studied visual arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, in the audiovisual department. She co-founded the group La Bouillot Le Morand to design Art installations mixing photography, video and sound. She taught at the Beaux-Arts school in Paris and at École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Cachan) in the Images Department. In 2000, she co-founded Le Potager, a label that brings together directors, photographers and graphic designers to develop projects that combine photography and video for scenographic purposes. She has accompanied The Groupe Ouest (Film Lab), for photography, scenography and short documentary films since its creation in 2004.

Oan Kim

Born in 1974 in Paris. He is a filmmaker, photographer and musician. He studied video and photography at Paris National School of Fine Arts (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts), and music composition at the Paris National Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris). His work as a director ranges from video Art installations to institutional films and music videos. With twenty solo exhibitions and numerous group shows across the world, he alternates subjects close to traditional documentary and formal and conceptual experiments closer to visual arts. He is co-founder of the M.Y.O.P photography agency, created in 2005.

Selected collective filmography

  • The Man Who Paints Waterdrops 2021