Ulrike Ottinger Retrospective:
The Korean Wedding Chest

Director: Ulrike Ottinger
Germany/South Korea / 2009 / 82 min
In German and Korean with English subtitles

Ulrike Ottinger’s unorthodox fairy tale ethnography, commissioned by the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, travels to that city in order to explore the phenomenon of the South Korean wedding chest, filled with symbolic items, and the rituals that accompany it. In the course of the journey, we discover an ultramodern East Asian megacity where ancient tradition and myth exist side by side with contemporary capitalist enterprise. “I was inspired to look more closely at the old and new rituals to determine what is old in the new and new in the old.”—Ulrike Ottinger