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Yi Ok-seop
South Korea  2018 / 88’
Just Don't Think I'll Scream Maiden

A small hospital is shaken by a scandal - an X-ray emerges with irrefutable evidence that an unknown couple in the laboratory were playing doctor. Nurse Yoon-young and her boyfriend, who is able to make extraordinary ink tattoos, feel guilty. Meanwhile, almost all employees take sick leave - do they also have something on their consciences? What does the sudden appearance of deep craters in the streets of Seoul have to do with it? And what does the talking catfish think about this? The Korean director's debut is an episodic essay about sincerity, trust and devastating misunderstandings, based on absurd humor. Each frame is like candy and the brilliant montage draws the viewer into a game of surprising visual associations. The lightness of the form, however, is lined with discreet melancholy, and the laconic exchange of sentences between the characters hides something more than a neat anecdote. The huge holes in the sidewalks seem to cause fewer problems for the city's inhabitants than the gaps in interpersonal relationships.

Jagoda Murczyńska


Osaka Asian FF 2019 – Best Film; Busan IFF 2018 – Actress of the Year, Arthouse Award, Citizen Reviewers' Award, KBS Independent Film Award

Yi Ok-seop

Born in 1987, Yi Ok-seop graduated from the Seoul Institute of the Arts and the Korean Academy of Film Arts.She made her debut in 2010 with the short film Please, Find My Mom, and with her subsequent short films she earned the status of a beacon of hope for Korean independent cinema. Maggie is her feature length debut, made with the support of the National Institute of Human Rights of the Republic of Korea.


2010 Please, Find My Mom (short)

2014 A Dangerous Woman (short)

2017 Girls on Top (short)

2018 Maggie

Cast & Crew

director Yi Ok-seop
screenplay Yi Ok-seop, Koo Kyo-hwan
cinematography Lee Jaeu
editing Yi Ok-seop, Koo Kyo-hwan
music Jeon Sang-jun
cast Lee Joo-young, Moon So-ri, Koo Kyo-hwan
producer Koo Kyo-hwan
production 2X9HD
Polish distributor Pięć Smaków Kino Azji
language Korean
colouration colour