Jero Yun was born in 1980 at Busan (South Korea). After studying art, he went to France when he was 21 to study at the Fine Arts School in Nancy (Beaux-Arts de Nancy), and then at the National Decorative Arts School in Paris, video/photo section (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris). In 2008, he became a resident at the Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts (Studio National des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy) where he made his first films, which have been shown at several international film festivals. In 2010, he shot Promise, a documentary on the woman who took him in when he arrived in France. His film, Looking for North Koreans (2013), has been awarded prizes in many festivals. As a result of his searches of North Koreans in China, he embarked on a cross-media project entitled The Smuggler, working with the filmmaker and interactive designer, Tawan Arun. The project includes the feature-length documentary, Mrs. B., a North Korean Woman; its first Korean premiere is at the Jeonju Festival 2016 (Competition) and its international premiere will take place at the Cannes Festival 2016 (ACID). Jero Yun has also filmed two shorts, The Pig, presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2013 (Directors’ Fortnight), Cannes Film Festival, and Hitchhiker, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2016 (Directors’ Fortnight), Cannes Film Festival.
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