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Yougbin Noh is a film student from South Korea who is currently studying film at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, and whose film TIME TO EAT appears on T-Port via our partners at Hessische Film und Medienakademie (hFMA).

Tell us about yourself

I’m from South Korea. I’m 32 and I study in the fine arts department at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in the 7th semester. Because I completed my first studies in South Korea, mostly with painting and videos, I wanted to continue working on videos in Germany. When I’m working with video I have an idea that I must find something interesting and funny. I always want the video to be humorous, even though the theme is serious. I like jokes, so my videos also allow viewers to laugh and smile and relate to the topic.

While working on the film, where did you draw your inspiration from?

‘Time To Eat!’ was my semester project, based around the idea that in South Korea young people take photos before eating in a restaurant or café. When I was in South Korea, I noticed the habit one day when I was photographing a slice of delivery pizza at home. During that time I took a lot of photos of the food (before the meal) as a ritual, and that day I asked myself why. I worked on the project for 5-6 months writing a storyboard, recording the scene and editing.

Next to filmmaking, what do you consider as your passions in life?

I also like drawing and painting.

What did you find (or still find) as especially lacking in the process of distributing and promoting your film? What was especially challenging?

Actually the language problem is one of the big issues. When I make films in my language or German, I have to translate them into English (or German). When this happens I realise how important the language is.

What do feel young film talents lack the most today, after graduating from film school? Where are the gaps in the film industry?

I think the most problem is that young people don’t watch films as much. they are used to shorter films, videos from Tiktok, Instagram, Youtube, so that they don’t have much patience to watch films. I think the film industry could change to make it more accommodating to young people.

What are your plans and dreams for the future?

I am still a student, but i would like to make more films in Germany while staying here.

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