Sermon on the Mount

Questions occasionally turn up in mind, stories that no one dared to speak of and therefore buried deeply inside.

Can eight young people find the real answer?
What is the tree of the knowledge and the forbidden fruit?
Why does the God make the fruit and let people pick it and eat it?

It is Jesus who washed away their sins, revived and became the way, the truth and life itself. If people followed the way of Jesus, the life would be revived and be unified with the God and it is the way to get to Heaven.

But the reality is that humans and God are separated.

Has the secret regarding the relationship between mankind and God and the Trinity been revealed?

Here, 8 graduate students in theology gather in a cave to search for the true meaning of the key phrase from the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Soon they are engaged in a heated debate about:

1. Heaven
2. Forbidden Fruit
3. Jesus
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
5. God

With expositions and metaphors that challenge the existing contradictions, the protagonist Doyun illuminates the 'truth', the substance of faith to which no one could give any answers, leaving so many of lingering questions. Learning about the contradictions in the established principles of Protestantism, which they haven’t dared to question fearing they would challenge God’s Authority, the students finally gain some clear answers.

  • YoungUee Yoo
    Director
    The Last Words of Socrates, What is my True Self!, Automatic Diet, etc
  • YoungUee Yoo
    Writer
    The Last Words of Socrates, What is my True Self!, Automatic Diet, etc
  • Sangchul Kim
    Producer
  • Seo-Bin Baek
    Key Cast
    "Do-Yoon"
    Jombiseukul
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    산상수훈
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 27, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    200,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
    Korean
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Moscow International Film Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    June 24, 2017
    World premiere
    Spectrum
  • Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema
    Kazan
    Russian Federation
    September 8, 2017
    Special Jury mention
  • Catholic Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    October 26, 2017
    National premiere
    Official Selection
  • SOCHI International Film Festival & Awards
    Sochi
    Russian Federation
    December 11, 2017
    Best Actor Award
  • Dhaka International Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    January 18, 2018
    Bangladesh premiere
    Official Selection
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    March 3, 2018
    Serbia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cheboksary International Film Festival
    Cheboksary
    Russian Federation
    May 24, 2018
    The Winner of five Awards including Best Director Award
  • Golden Knight International Film Forum
    Sevastopol
    Russian Federation
    May 27, 2018
    Gospel of the Jesus Christ
  • Religion Today Film Festival
    Trento
    Italy
    October 8, 2018
    Italy Premiere
    New Gazes
  • Korea Gold Awards Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    December 6, 2018
    Best New Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor
Distribution Information
  • Eon Pictures
    Country: Korea, Republic of
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - YoungUee Yoo

'Daehae', Buddhist nun (Director, Yoo YoungUee), is a Buddhist nun of Korean Buddhism Jogye Order and a film director.

She is the chief of the International Buddhist Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the President of UNICA Korea branch of 'UNICA World Federation' under the UNESCO C.I.C.T. Committee, and the chairman of the organizing committee of the "UNICA KOREA International Film Festival".

Daehae has devoted herself for human happiness and world peace. She has widely informed the world about human nature through film in order to develop the infinite capacity of the essence within us so that anyone can freely create their own lives and to achieve world peace as the whole world can use common values as essence since human nature is the same.

She has been focusing on making films, in order to present the essence with video according to the trend of the times, since now is the age of video, in order to make it visible so that everyone can see, hear, and know, since it's hard for people to know the nature of human because they don't see it.

Starting with "Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form" in 2007, for over 10 years, she has been written and directed 91 short films that are philosophical and dimensionally high on the nature of human beings, such as “The Last Words of Socrates”, “What is my true self!” and won 65 awards from world's leading international short film festival.
“Sermon on the Mount”, Daehae’s latest and her debut feature, has received a very special attention from all over the world as a Christian film scripted and directed by a Buddhist nun. It has won 14 awards in total such as 'Best Director', 'Best Artist', ‘Best actor’ and ‘Best Cinematographer’, etc. at the famous International Film Festivals like Moscow International Film Festival and Belgrade International Film Festival.

She is a globally respected female film director, receiving good evaluations such as "It should be evaluated as a new genre", "It's a paradigm shift, from a looking film to a thinking film", and "Other films are just films, but Daehae’s film has a sound of soul". Prestigious international film festivals hold the director’s special exhibitions and invite her as a jury.

Daehae will continue to make the world beautiful through films.

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Director Statement

This movie is one of the Four Major Saints Series produced for correctly showing the teachings of the Four Major Saints thereby using them for mankind. Socrates - The Last Words of Socrates as the first work of them had already been produced in the form of a short film, and this time, the next movie that delivers the words of Jesus among the Four Major Saints is being prepared in order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation.

Today's world is in chaos. Above all, the reason is that there doesn't seem to be any "central values" to play the role of leading life in the right direction. In this case, what values should we keep in order to live by?

What kind of role should religion play? Additionally, in this age, what kind of role does the Bible play in people's lives?

This movie intends to logically explain the harder to understand parts of the Bible due to its many parables and therefore help people live well by building their central values based on the Bible.

The Bible starts from the time when all mankind is born with their original sin due to the sinner Adam being expelled from the Garden of Eden. Originally, God created Adam in Heaven but he ate the Forbidden Fruit. As a result, he was expelled from the Garden. Consequently, it is Jesus that came to Earth to save sinners from their sin.

When completely interpreting the whole book of the Bible, the final conclusion is "God and Heaven" where the Bible begins and ends eternally, "the Forbidden Fruit" caused humans to deviate from God and Heaven, and "Jesus" who makes mankind approach God and Heaven again. Briefly speaking, because humans were originally innocent, they can live in Heaven by using the almighty power of God. Then, they ate the Forbidden Fruit and were expelled from there. And so now that they are originally guilty, they cannot use the power and must live powerlessly as sinners.

However, humans are not to live in a state of a sinner but should be presumed innocent and return to the state of the almighty power and Heaven.

Accordingly, the Bible thoroughly contains the way to their restoration, and Jesus came to this world to show the way to sinners. Its essence is the Sermon on the Mount. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people who don't know the words of Jesus and the Bible correctly.

The Almighty God says that humans have the same power inside. Originally, if they hadn't eaten the Forbidden Fruit, they would still have the power. Therefore, without eating the Forbidden Fruit to restore God's power, they must use it in the innocent state. This is the reason why the Bible exists.

So, the Bible is the key to solve the secret of the Forbidden Fruit.

But, since some day in the past God's almighty power was isolated from mankind and exclusively belonged to God only after it was taken away. God is separated from humans, and as a result, they could not come near to Him.

Therefore, God is almighty, but humans fell to the state of the powerless sinner. Find the almighty power of God inside myself. For it, believe in Him. Already as they are separated, it is impossible to find it no matter how hard they try to believe in Him in the separated state. They cannot know, or use it and try to approach it with several questions left to consider.

Some questions are as follows:

1. Why did God make the Forbidden Fruit, and then let Adam and Eve make a sin?
2. Adam made a sin. Nevertheless, I am guilty, why? Jesus was crucified on the humble cross. Why are my sins washed away?
3. How is it possible to realize the Trinity? What is its exact meaning?
4. It is said that God predestined Judas to betray Jesus. Actually, he did so according to predestination. Why did God destine Judas fall into Hell like that?
5. What is the relationship between God and mankind?
6. Is there a Heaven? If present, where is it?

How can we solve those problems? In fact, the Bible itself has not been taken away from us. We will be free from regulations if we see the Word of the Bible as it is. Once set free from the state, every question can be answered.

For example,

Genesis 1:26-27: Then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

God created mankind in his image. This refers to the idea that the human body is God's body. And God is almighty. Therefore, it means that humans have the same power.

In this manner, the movie tries to help us to find the way to "God and Heaven", the starting point and eternal destination as the original purpose of the Bible. By interpreting the Bible as it says originally and finding the answer to those questions considered as the mysteries for several thousand years the movie is to contribute to releasing humans from the original sin. Finally, it tries to help humans be able to use the almighty power in Heaven and live a happy life.