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Busan 2020 Review: Snowball Gently Strikes with Familiar but Well-Told Tale

Busan 2020 Review: Snowball Gently Strikes with Familiar but Well-Told Tale

A wide variety of films find their way to the Busan Film Festival every year, but one thing you can always count on is the polished, youth-driven social indie that has become the de-facto Korean indie template, at least on this side of Hong Sang-soo. Joining the likes of Bleak Night, Han Gong-ju, House of Hummingbird and countless others is Snowball, the teen runaway drama debut of director Lee Woo-jung, which is screening in the New Currents competition this year. Within this group, the teen runaway drama is an especially crowded subgenre, spanning works like Park Suk-young’s Wild Flowers and Steel Flower, Lee Hwan’s Park Hwa-young and Young Adult Matters (screening at Biff this year), Second Life and Jane, which all debuted in Busan over...

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