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Planet of Snail


Mon, Apr 30 9:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

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Wed, May 2 1:30 PM
The ROM Theatre

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Sun, May 6 2:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

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89 minutes | South Korea Japan Finland  | (Subtitled) Korean  | Canadian Premiere | Rating: PG

Deaf-blind Korean poet Young-Chan needed to have the “heart of an astronaut” to survive the darkness and silence until he met his wife, the gentle and patient Soon-Ho, whose spinal disability makes her just taller than her husband’s elbow. As Young-Chan’s soulmate, partner, window and bridge to the larger world, she translates for him through finger braille. His poetry challenges our preconceptions of disability; his quiet and deeply interior existence liberates him from the “deep swamp of ego” in which “the eyes and ears and heart of a man are often deeply hypnotized.” This IDFA award-winner employs exceptional observational cinema to immerse us in the couple’s lives, transforming everyday moments into joyful explorations of extraordinary depth. Together Young-Chan and Soon-Ho change light bulbs, smell and feel the forest, and experience raindrops in some of the most moving depictions of love and true partnership ever captured on screen. Gisèle Gordon

Co-Presented with Co-presented with [Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival](

Media Coverage

Seung-Jun Yi

Min-Chul Kim
Gary Kam
Janne Niskala
Ken-ichi Imamura

Executive Producer(s)
Dongsung Cho

Seung-Jun Yi

Simon El Habre
Seung-Jun Yi

Seongki Min

Sami Kiiski

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