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TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Daytime Drinking" Director Young-seok Noh

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 4, 2008 at 4:16AM

EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.
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EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

Young-seok Noh's "Daytime Drinking" is having its North American Premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival. The South Korean production follows Hyuk-jin, who after a drunken attempt to heal a broken heart, decides to take a trip with his friends to small town of Jeongseon in the Gangwon province. But, as TIFF describes, "as the only one to actually make it on the bus, Hyuk-jin embarks on a strange journey that finds him in the middle of a snowy highway without his mobile phone, wallet or pants." indieWIRE spoke to "Drinking"'s director about the film and its screening in Toronto.

What initially attracted you to filmmaking and did that interest evolve while making your film?

I liked comic books and animations when I was a child so wanted to write my own stories. I became interested in the films and when I was over 30, I wanted to make the films myself. During shooting my own film, I thought I can make the film with a story that I wanted to make when I was young. I know it can be possible when I succeed as a film director but I believe that dreams come true if I do my best.

Please discuss how the idea for your film came about...

I had have stayed at a pension in Jeongseon in Gangwon Province for a week to write the script for a different project. There was no one but me and I just imagined what would be happen if a woman comes to this pension alone. That is the beginning of this film.

Please elaborate on your approach to making the film, including your influences as well as your overall goals for the project.

For me, it was the most important to complete a film. At that time I was full of despair because I had failed at many of script contests. I didn't feel any confidence in my talent and was not sure whether I could carry on as a filmmaker. Therefore I just started to write a low budget film script so that I can shoot regardless of the result of a contest to get the production budget. To save the budget, I decided to shoot it without lighting so constructed a story that occurs in daytime and outdoor. To make a number of crew small, I even hired my supporting actors as production staffs.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced?

Of course the monetary issue was the hardest. I had to call 'ok' even I was not satisfied with the take because we didn't have enough money nor time. Later, I had considered even retaking them but there was no budget for it.

What is your next project?

There is nothing decided. Of course I have some scripts but I need big budgets to make them and I think I need more practice to direct them. I'd like to make an independent film once more and I hope its commercial success as well. I'm thinking of these sorts of stories.

What are your goals for the Toronto International Film Festival?

It would be happy that many people laugh and enjoy themselves over it .

Read all of indieWIRE's Toronto International Film Festival coverage in our special Toronto '08 section.]

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