by Hong Seong-eun
Country: South Korea
Year: 2021
Duration: 91

Jina is the top employee at a credit card company call center. She avoids building close relationships, choosing instead to live and work alone. One day, her irritating next-door neighbour is discovered dead, several days after having died alone in his apartment. From that moment, tons of relationships she decided to ignore suddenly start to bug her: her father hounding her over her mother’s inheritance, Sujin, a new recruit, who is bothersome but likeable, and nonchalant Seonghun, her new neighbour.


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Sung-Eun Hong

(Anyang, South Korea, 1988) is a Korean director. She graduated in Business Management and worked at a state owned company, which she later left to study filmmaking full time at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). She graduated from KAFA in 2018 as a directing major. She made her debut with the short film Good Father (2018). Aloners (2021) is her first feature film.


Good Father (cm, 2018), Aloners (2021).


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Aloners is a story about saying goodbye. Jina is afraid she won’t be able to cope if someone she has grown close to were to leave her. She is so afraid of the prospect of losing someone that she avoids all forms of commitment. She firmly believes that she needs to be able to remain unshaken no matter who might exit her life. She sees people who are affected by such trivial things as being weak. But just because someone is no longer by your side doesn’t mean that the relationship was meaningless. If that were true, life would be quite empty. The idea that the times and emotions shared between two people can lose all meaning overnight is, for me, more unbearable than the sting that comes from parting ways.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY, FILM EDITING: Hong Sug-Eun. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Choi Young-Ki. MUSIC: Lim Min-Ju. SOUND: Doluk. CAST: Jung Da-Eun, Seo Hyun-Woo, Park Jeong-Hak, Gong Seung-Yeon, Kim Mo-Beom, Kim Hannah. PRODUCTION: Korean Film Council, KAFA (Korean Academy of Film Arts) Productions.

CONTACTS: M-Line Distribution, Jin Park jin@mline-distribution.com