International Competition

My Love, Don't Cross That River

Mo-young Jin
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 21:30 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
25.02. / Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
There is a 200-year-old house by the riverside, and a couple who have lived together for 76 years.

Mr. Byong-man Jo is 98 years old but still strong enough to carry lots of firewood. He is so playful that now and again it makes his wife cry. When he works in the garden, he sometimes throws leaves on his wife. When it snows, he starts a snowball fight. When his wife does the washing in the small stream, he likes to pour water on her. The wife, Mrs. Gye-Yeul Kang is 89 years old. She still cooks three meals a day for her husband and has never fed him a cold meal. They always wear traditional Korean clothes, go to the aged college twice a week, go to the market every five days, have picnics with the neighbours, and enjoy dance parties. They are still young. Recently he has started growing weaker by the day and sleeps a lot. When she wakes him up for a meal, he acts irritated and is mean to her. These changes make her worried, frightened and lonely. She thinks he is trying to make her dislike him because his time to pass away is drawing near. She often looks at the river in silence. Forty years ago they moved here from across the river, and when their six sons and daughters got married, they went back across the river. Her husband will go across the river one day leaving her behind.


Mo-young Jin

Mo-young Jin is a director, producer and cinematographer. He has been making various documentaries for Korean Broadcasters since 1997. My Love, Don't Cross That River is his first feature-length documentary film as a director.

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My Love, Don't Cross That River

South Korea
2014, 86'

Directed by:
Mo-young Jin

Screenplay by:
Mo-young Jin

Mo-young Jin

Edited by:
Zinsik Hyun

Minu Jung

Kyungsoo Han

Produced by:
Argus film

Festivals & Awards:

Moscow International Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award, Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 – Documentary Award, KOFRA Film Awards 2015 – Best Independent Film, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015, DocAviv Film Festival 2015, Melbourne International Film Festival 2015, Cork Film Festival 2015, Baek Sang Art Awards 2015