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The Eyeglasses

KO Duhyun

  • South Korea
  • 60min
  • DCP
  • black and white

History Social&Human Interest

Synopsis

Eyeglasses sitting before the camera bring back everyday memories of they witnessed: when the wearer's eyes became poor, and how they felt when they started to wear glasses for the first time.

The conversation naturally moves from the old them to missing ‘black horn-rimmed eyeglasses.’ 30 years ago, when the glasses floated to the surface of the sea, they all started to view the world differently.

Now that they are older, they cannot see the world without glasses.

Eyeglasses can sometimes be uncomfortable and bothersome, but while memories may fade away, the black horn-rimmed glasses have witnessed decades. The newly-appeared glasses bring with them a question - whether they can go through such difficult times again. The eyeglasses begin to give their own answers.  

Director's Statement

It happened in the summer of 2014. I was in charge of video-recording there burial ceremony of a young man who died 25 years ago. In the photo, he had curly hair and wore black horn-rimmed eyeglasses covering almost half of his face. In 1989, the young man went missing from his school in August and was found dead in the sea around Geomundo Island, a remote island off the southern coast. Friends of his went to the island the next day but could not find out why he died even after two months of investigation. So, they buried his glasses, which had floated to the surface, in his grave.
His friends still want to know why he had to die. Even after many years, the death has become a weight on their lives. At some point, their eyes lined with age, and glasses on those eyes started to catch my attention. I’ve wanted to talk about the friends as well as the dead young man. How did the day on which the glasses went missing change the way the friends view the world?

 

Director

  • KO Duhyun

     

Credit

  • Producer양주연 YANG Juyeon