A Barefoot Dream (Maen-Bal-Eui Ggoom)
Directed by KIM Tae-kyun | SOUTH KOREA | 2010 | 121min | Subtitled
A BAREFOOT DREAM (2010) is based on a true story and chronicles a previously successful soccer player and his role in creating the first East Timor Youth National Football (soccer) Team. Once a hapless man with big ideas but no motivation to finish them, Kim Won-kwang (Park Hie-sun) decides to move to East Timor to invest in a get rich quick scheme, but in due time, he realizes there is little opportunity there to thrive. Dejected, he scrambles for an idea, and upon seeing Timor’s love for football, opens a sports store. He enlists the help of the Timoran youth to advertise shoes in exchange for monthly pay, initially using the kids for his own interest. However, the more time he spends collecting money from the kids, the more attached he becomes, causing him to reexamine his motives. This is South Korea’s Foreign Language Academy submission. - Julia Speace
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