Marte Vold (1978) has graduated from Oslo National Academy of the Arts as well as The Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer as a cinematographer. She has screened her work both in galleries and film festivals, such as the Berlinale, Toronto and Oberhausen Short Film Festival.
Born in South Korea in 1980. Awarded Grand Prize Asiana IFF for his short film Promise in 2011. He wrote his 1st feature film Secret of my father at Cinéfondation Cannes Residency in 2012. His upcoming documentary Mrs.B is currently in post-production.
One day, Marte (37, female, Oslo) sends an audiovisual letter to Jéro (35, male, Seoul). Jéro responds and soon a cinematic dialogue in sound and images unfold: a conversation that spans continents, cultural heritage, gender and lifestyles, closing in on the everyday things that make up a life.
There are two worlds, two individuals. A woman and a man. In Oslo, SHE lives with her husband and two children in big house. In Seoul, HE lives with his cat in a small apartment. Over time, we understand that these two seemingly very different individuals communicate with each other by means of cinema.
LETTERS is a feature-length documentary where the basis is a comparative study between the lives of two ordinary people living on opposite sides of the world. Those two people are filmmaker Jero Yun (35) from Seoul, South-Korea, and filmmaker Marte Vold (37) from Oslo, Norway.
Positioned on opposite sides of the world, we will start a film-dialogue where we explore our everyday doings: brushing teeth, eating breakfast, raising our kids, confronting our parents, love, break-up or whatever will happen in our lives in 2016.
We have already started shooting now in December and will continue until August 2016 with expected final delivery of the film late autumn 2017.
Our idea is to explore the differences and simularities in our lives, in rituals, gender, cultural framing, familiy-situation, how we deal with life in general. But the main-core of the film will be regarding family. Marte lives together with a man and their two kids, aged two and six. Jero has a cat, and sees his parents in Busan (his hometown) often, and is in that sense still ”the child”. Marte is ”the parent". Marte is a woman from Scandinavia, Jero is an Asian man. Are there differences, and what are those differences?
We, the filmmakers and the audiovisual letter-exchangers, will make the film-letters in our own way, using whatever cinematic twist or turn we see fit. We will edit it and send it to the other. The one receiving the film-letter, however, must relate to what the other person has done, and also, in his/her response, ”answer” to both the thematical content and the audiovisual language in the film. This exchange of films will be rapid, once a week in the start, and then it will elaborate, both in content, form and length.
What is interesting in this project is the fact that the film is being made little by little, in finished little films put after one another, and also the possibility to work intuitively and direct with our own cameras, something that will give the film a personal strike. It is also a way to investigate ways to communicate, and how images work, what a personal film language is as equivalent to the personal written language in letters.
In this project we want to say something about human existence today, not by going into existencial talks about life and death, but simply by showing how two individuals deal with life.