Director JEON Soo-il's independent feature "With A Girl of Black Soil" was iin competition at the Fribourg International Film Festival, running March 1 – 8 , 2008 in Switzerland. The film competed along with 12 other features for the Regard d'or, the festival's top prize worth US$30 000. Now in its 22nd year, Fribourg, focuses primarily on films from across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
JEON's Girl is a moving minimalist portrayal of a young girl who takes on heavy cares, living with a mentally-handicapped brother and a down-on-his-luck-and-drinking father. The film screened last year in Venice, Pusan – where it won the NETPAC award – and Marrakech where its child actress YOO Yeon-mi won the best female interpretation award.
JEON Soo-il's "With a Girl of Black Soil" (2007). The film originally premiered in the Horizons section of the 2007 Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Art Cinema CICAE Award and the Lina Mangiacapre Award. The film tells the story of a single father who loses his job in a coal mine.
In the village of Kanwon where a few mines remain, a little girl(age 9) Young-lim lives with her brother(age 11) and her father(age 45) who lost his job at the mine because of black lung disease. Her father tries to search for another job, but it is very difficult for him. He is disappointed and he won’t stop drinking. He wants to enter the hospital. For enter ing the hospital, he has to have another disease beside black lung disease. Young-lim thinks that her father can enter the hospital if he will drink a small but of rat poison. She tries to put in a little rat poison in her father's soup ....