Min previously directed Let's Not Cry in 2001, winning multiple awards at the 37th KVIFF and the 43rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and The Flight of the Bee (1998) which also won awards, including Best Feature Film at the Torino Film Festival, and the Silver Alexander at the 39th Thessaloniki IFF.
Pruning The Grapevine completes Min's trilogy on fear. The film is about a young Catholic seminary student who is conflicted about his ex-girlfriend Sua and his mother who is ill.
He decides to quit his studies and goes to a monastery retreat, but is confused when he meets a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Sua, and then is further shocked to learn of Sua's sudden death.
Korean sales agent Film Messenger is selling the film at the EFM.