37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Heaven: To the Land of Happiness

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Nam Sik, a meek hospital worker, desperately needs a costly medicine to treat his terminal illness. Unable to afford the expensive medication, he moves from hospital to hospital, stealing the drug. Meanwhile, Prisoner 203 is approaching release after a five-year embezzling conviction, but after a hospital visit for headaches and seizures, he is diagnosed with an inoperable, terminal brain tumor. With less than two weeks to live, Prisoner 203 decides to escape, and Nam Sik joins as his accomplice. The mismatched duo launches on an unexpected journey in which they must learn to work with each other through perilous and often zany encounters. Director Im Sang-soo effortlessly captures the mundane beauties of everyday life in this endearing narrative.
Introduction by Hyeyon Moon (VAFF)

This film is part of the Korean Cinema Series supported by Korean Cultural Center – Washington, D.C. and UVA Korea Society.


Friday, November 4


8:45 PM


Violet Crown 4

Film Info

Director: Im Sang-soo

Runtime: 100 min

Year: 2021

Country: South Korea

Language: Korean

Featuring: Choi Min-sik, Park Hae-il