The Man Who Paints Water Drops

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:France
South Korea
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Asian Cultures & Issues
Food & Food Culture
Aging & Mortality
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Oan Kim
Brigitte Bouillot
Producer(s):Clarisse Tupin
Young Kim
Martine Kim
Executive Producer(s):Clarisse Tupin
Writer(s):Oan Kim
Brigitte Bouillot
Editor(s):Nassim Gordji-Tehrani
Oan Kim
Brigitte Bouillot
Cinematography:Oan Kim
Brigitte Bouillot
Sound:Jules Wysocki


Artscapes: Creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking

Nonagenarian artist Kim Tschang-Yeul, one of the most recognized Korean artists of his generation, has built his singular body of work around the representation of a single, fascinating motif—the water drop. This collaboration between an inscrutable artist and his filmmaker son speaks volumes, despite documenting a man of very few words, whose practice embraces meditative silence. "He who knows, does not speak; he who speaks, does not know." The Man Who Paints Water Drops discovers non-verbal ways of expressing and understanding Kim's obsession with painting water drops and its origin, rooted in Korea's history. This portrait of a career and also communication—between father and son, artist and audience, artist and self—is driven by intimate access and serene skill at reducing and expanding moments and meaning. How well can we ever know the people closest to us, their dreams, ambitions and traumas, without ever voicing them, or sharing them in common? See: the water drop. Angie Driscoll

Co-presented with Toronto Korean Film Festival

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