An 84-year-old mother and a 49-year-old son embark on an adventure. Beginning at Lake Baikal, also known as the soul of Siberia, they trek through the Mongolian plains, the Gobi Desert, Central Asia, the Pamir Plateau, the Taklamakan Desert, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to their destination in Tibet, Mount Kailash. This being the mother’s first journey abroad, she chose this destination herself, as a journey for meditation and healing.
The South Face of Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 m, located in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas, has yet to be summited. Mountain climbers all over the world are keenly interested in this “impossible” mountain. Hong Sung-taek and his team attempt its summit, like bandits going against the world order. As they make their basecamp 5,000 m above sea level, they shoot for the possibility in the impossible.
Ulju Summit is Ulju Mountain Film Festival's representative production grant program launched to foster the production of Korean mountain films. A total of four films selected as the Ulju Summit 2017 projects will have their world premieres at the 2nd Ulju Mountain Film Festival. they are all fiction films set in mountains, yet with different styles in various genres encompaaing fantasy, horror/thriller, romance, and drama. Familiar actors such as Yoon Yeojeong, Jeong Yumi, and Ahn Jaehong star in Ladies of the Forest, a film that hilariously positions an alien in a famous Korean folk story called the fairy and the Woodcutter. Existence Proof explores the anxiety of being through its time-loop plot without loosening up while A Walk, Together will make you feel loved in the arms of the mountains in Korea. Lastly, The Bone focuses on the unhealed wounds of the Jeju April 3 Incident by juxtaposing the present-day imagery with the archival footage. Each of these four films with its own unique characteristics gives a different answer on how important the mountains are to Koreans
Ulju Summit is the representative project of Ulju Mountain film Festival, established to forster production of mountain films in Korea. During the 1st edition of UMFF, 3 films(1 fiction and 2documentaries) will be premiered. The Summer of Antarctico was co-directed by Jung Ji-won, who proved his unique sensitivity and delicate direction in Blossom Again and Eungyo as well as the debut film Happy End, and Cheon Un-yeong, the author of Ginger and Needless. The director of Following Leesong Hee-il, whose filmography includes No Regrets and Night Flight, is active in the india film circle. Alpinst directed by Lim ll-jin, currently the only mountain film director in Korea, is also going to be presented. The backgrounds of The Summer of Antarctico, Alpinist and Following are the Antarctic King Sejong Station, The Himalayas and Korea's deep mountains including Jirisan Mountain. Although all the three films have different spatial backgrounds, from the polar area to moutains in Korea and Nepal, the camera of each film fixedly aims at Koreans living today. We are proud of the fact that Korean film that fit the intention of the festival, influence and commuion between the nature and human beings, are produced and introduced through UMFF.