Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A Brand New Life

Year: 2009
Language: Korean
Run Time: 92 minutes

A Brand New Life
A Brand New Life
A Brand New Life
A Brand New Life
A Brand New Life

Based on Korean-French filmmaker Ounie Lecomte's own story, A BRAND NEW LIFE is quietly heart-wrenching. Little Jin-hee, age nine, loves spending time with her dad. She hangs onto him as he pedals through the streets of Seoul; she laughs as they shop together; she sleeps next to him at night. One day dad and Jin-hee go on a special outing; he makes sure she dresses in her best clothes, and they buy a beautiful cake. As their bus comes to a halt, the girl finds herself standing before the iron gates of a large institution, smiling nuns bidding her welcome. Without explanation, Jin-hee's beloved daddy leaves her at the orphanage. In deep shock at first, the girl refuses to talk or eat. As weeks pass and the likelihood of his return becomes more remote, she resentfully participates in daily routines, attending Mass and doing chores. Eventually Jin-hee finds a new friend, Sook-hee. Together they try to help an unhappy disabled girl and care for a tiny flightless bird. When Sook-hee is adopted by foreigners, Jin-hee suffers fits of rage. But one day a black car pulls up in front of the iron gates and her own name is called. (In Korean with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Ounie Lecomte

Ounie Lecomte

Ounie Lecomte was born in Seoul and moved to France as a child. After studying fashion design, she acted in Olivier Assayas's "Paris s'éveille" (1991) and worked as a costume designer on several films.


Lee Chang Dong, Laurent Lavole, Lee Joon dong

Kim Hyunseok

Kim Hyungjoo

Principal Cast
Kim Saeron, Park Doyeon, Ko A-Sung

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