THE MAN WHO PAINTS WATER DROPS
KIM Oan,Brigitte BOUILLOT | 2020 | Documentary | Color+B/W | DCP | 79min 11sec (KN)
The life of the artist Kim Tschang Yeul, who died in early 2021, is fully contained in the paintings of a series of water drops throughout his life that contain the scars of war and the memories of history. This documentary was completed by his son, photographer Kim Oan, along with co-director Brigitte Bouillot, who is also a photographer, and all his family, capturing the life of his father and also an artist. You will meet the life of a seeker who is also in touch with the life of Bodhidharma in a quiet but powerful world of water drops.
He painted his first water drop in 1971. Since that day, he has painted nothing else. To paint a drop of water is an idea. To paint a hundred drops or even a thousand let’s call it “a project.” But painting ten thousand drops of water and painting a hundred thousand…… What kind of man must one be to subject oneself to such servitude? Is it simply about patience? Extreme ambition? Slight madness? Or is it enough to be deeply spiritual? My work started with these questions.
Directors KIM Oan, Brigitte BOUILLOT
Producers Clarisse TUPIN, KIM Young, Martine KIM (Paraiso Production, MIRU Pictures)
Screenwriters KIM Oan, Brigitte BOUILLOT
Cinematographers KIM Oan, Brigitte BOUILLOT
Editors Nassim GORDJI-TEHRANI, KIM Oan, Brigitte BOUILLOT
Music KIM Oan
Sound KIM Oan
Sound Editor Alexandre HECKER
Mixing Jules WYSOCKI
Cast KIM Tschang-Yeul, Martine KIM, KIM Simon & Others