REVIEWS - "Deer Flower"

In the summer of 1992, Dujung, an elementary student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. While his parents believe the expensive and rare specialty from the farm will strengthen their son’s body, Dujung suffers side effects.

"Deer Flower" is a visual masterpiece; the colour design, stop motion, and motion graphics work in this film are incredibly well down.

The story is setup with a sweet young boy (who won't even hurt a mosquito trying to drain his life blood) being led on an archetypal journey of growth where his parents, with the best of intentions, decide to cause harm on his behalf. The ritualistic ceremonial event is intended to strengthen the boy, but instead appears to cause severe psychological harm. "Deer Flower" beautifully highlights the deep sociological divide that can develop between parents and their children as society evolves.

From the Press Release
Kangmin Kim's ‘Deer Flower’ has been selected to 43 film festivals worldwide including the prestigious Sundance, Aspen Shortfest and Palm Springs Short Film Festival. This magical little animation film won 8 awards, including two Oscar qualifying festivals wins, Best Animation Short Award at Melbourne International Film Festival and Best Animation Film at Aspen Shortfest. Deer Flower will also screen at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Korean filmmaker Ki Jin Kim produced Deer Flower, alongside Italian filmmaker Giulia Caruso. Together with their company Nonetheless Productions, they produced Columbus, starring John Cho, Parker Posey and Michelle Forbes (currently in post-production), the Sundance-winning feature Spa Night (Strand Releasing), and the award-winning short Myrna the Monster (Sundance/SXSW).

This special animation won the Special Jury mention at Animafest Zagreb, the Best Animation Film at Aspen Shortfest, the Best Animation Short at Melbourne International Film Festival, The Grand Prix award at Busan International Film Festival, the Gran Prix award at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival, the Prize for Independent Walk at Indie-AnieFest and the Honorific Mention at Shorts Mexico.

Deer Flower will precede South Koera’s Oscar submission The Age of Shadows in the same screening at The Asian World Film Festival on Sunday October 30th at 8pm. (