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Shin Su-won – Madonna #Cannes2015

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Portraying a lifetime of abuse.

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Shin Su-won – 감독 – Madonna

FRED’s Matt Micucci interviews Shin Su-won, director of the film “Madonna” from the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Shin Su-won talks with us about where the inspiration for her story comes from. She also tells us whether or not feminism is a driving force and a source of inspiration in “Madonna” and her work as a filmmaker in general, and even reveals to us whether or not she sees her film as provocative.

Plot: Hye-rim, a 35-year-old woman, finds a job at a hospital as a caregiver assigned to a quadriplegic VIP patient who practically owns the hospital. For the past 10 years, the VIP patient’s son Sang-woo has been desperately keeping him alive for money, ordering the doctors to perform several heart transplants despite recurrent heart failures. In need of another one, Sang-woo takes a brain dead unidentified woman as a donor and asks Hye-rim to look into her background. She discovers that the woman was once a prostitute known as ‘Madonna’ who has experienced a lifetime of abuse, and that she is pregnant. In an attempt to save Madonna’s unborn child, Hye-rim goes against Sang-woo’s orders and searches for the baby’s father.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Shin Su-won
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Un Certain Regard
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