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Special Annie

Hyunkyung Kim
2015 | 87min | color | DCP | Korean Subtitles | English subtitles



A Korean filmmaker living alone in New York happens to meet an American woman, Annie. Annie was sexually abused as a child, subsequently turned to prostitution and later to heroin addiction from which she contracted AIDS. She robbed a bank to support her habit and served prison time. Now out of prison, and drug free, she still has to live with AIDS, but seems remarkably happy - at times, radiantly joyful - simply to be alive. The filmmaker learns that Annie is the same age as her older sister who is suffering Parkinson’s disease in Korea and begins developing a strong bond with Annie. These two women from very different backgrounds begin to share their solitary lives, and with the help of a rescued cat, begin opening up to each other.


Director's Statement

I didn’t originally have a plan to make a feature-length film about Annie. I just recorded my lonely days in New York and Annie happened to be there as my special friend who has such a big heart despite her illness and terrible experience. Spending time with her encouraged me a lot in many ways and I wanted to share these little happy memories with other people too.



Hyunkyung Kim
Documentary filmmaker Hyun kyung Kim works between Korea and the United States. Her films have been invited to Marseille International Documentary Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Busan International Film Festival and many others. She is the recipient of the Radcliffe Institute-Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship in 2008-2009.