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For Ellen

Dla Ellen · dir. So Yong Kim
USA 2012, 94’


10/23, 20:15 · Kino Centrum


Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor has wanted nothing more than to “make it”, having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. With a good-natured lawyer unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation. Using the stark beauty and vast farmlands of an American winter as its backdrop, the film charts Joby’s emotional journey as he realizes what he has lost — and what, if anything, can still be saved.

Director:So Yong Kim
Screenplay:So Yong Kim
Music:Johann Johannsson
Cinematography:Reed Morano
Editing:Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim
Cast:Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Shaylena Mandigo, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva
Awards:Official Selection Sundance Film Festival (2012); Oficjalna selekcja na MFF w Berlinie / Official Selection Berlin IFF (2012)

So Yong Kim was born in 1971 in Pusan, South Korea, and immigrated to the US when she was twelve. She studied painting, performance and video art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her MFA. She has made several experimental short films including A Bunny Rabbit, shot by renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Kim has also worked as a producer on various films directed by her husband, Bradley Rust Grey. She is one of the most authentic and wholly original young filmmakers working in American independent cinema today


  • 2012 – Dla Ellen
  • 2008 – In Between Days
  • 2006 – Treeless Mountain

2012 Programme

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