Berlin International Film Festival Invites Revivre, an IM Kwon-taek Film

IM’s 102nd Film Goes to Critics Week Revivre, director IM Kwon-taek’s 102nd feature film was officially invited to the Critics Week. The event, a newly established side bar section this year will be held jointly by the German Critics Association and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The section was established last among the three major international film festivals after Cannes and Venice. The event will run from February 5 to 12 during the film jubilee period. The organizing committee explained that they selected Revivre as the film matches the purpose of the special week to select works that profoundly and richly ask various questions. “IM Kwon-taek, a living legend of Korean cinema, doesn’t play it safe, but takes all kinds of risks in his latest (102nd) output,” the organizing committee was quoted by Finecut, who is in charge of international distribution. “A touching yet completely unsentimental reflection on aging and beauty is told through a complex structure of flashba

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Special Evening of Korean Cinema at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

Korean Film Night Exhibition to be Held at the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin A special event will be held to promote Korean films in Berlin during the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, which is running from February 5th to the 15th. The Korean Film Council (Chairman KIM Sae-hoon) will host the Korean Film Night reception at the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin beginning at 8 pm on February 9th to introduce Korean films to filmmakers and actors from around the world. The event will invite those involved with the Festival, foreign buyers, other international film festivals and markets, the media, and Korean filmmakers and actors who are participating in this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Every year, Korean Film Night was successfully held with the participation of major guests from the festival and those from other international film festivals. The event serves as a popular venue for meetings between Korean and foreign filmmakers and actors as well, while pr

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20 Korean Films to Screen at 44th Rotterdam

From Shorts, Documentaries and Features to Retrospective   At the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), 20 Korean films will be screened, making it a big year for Korean cinema.   The only Korean short invited to the festival is CHO Seoung-ho’s B.1 which intimately studies the male body. This short will have its workd premiere in the As Long As It Takes: Short program.   The Bright Future section will include PARK Jung-bum’s second feature film, Alive. Bright Future will also include the international premiere of LEE Kwang-kuk’s A Matter of Interpretation and the European premiere of KIM Tae-yong’s Set Me Free.   The Korea-France co-production film by ROH Gyeong-tae, Black Stone, was selected for the Spectrum program, as well as JANG Kun-jae’s Korea-Japan co-production, A Midsummer’s Fantasia.   Concerning socially conscious works, BOO Ji-young’s film about temporary supermarket workers, Cart, was invited to screen in the What the F?! program, whil

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END OF WINTER Invited to Berlinale’s Forum Section

International Premiere for Dankook University Feature   KIM Dae-hwan’s End of Winter has been invited to take part in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum section. This screening will be its international premiere, following its debut in the Busan International Film Festival’s New Currents lineup last October.   Highlighting experimental and documentary works, often by younger filmmakers, the Forum section will this year stage its 45th edition and screen 43 films from around the world, including 31 world premieres and 10 international premieres.   A debut work by KIM Dae-hwan, End of Winter is a graduate work from Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents, which has in recent years risen to prominence, following the success of LEE Yong-seung’s 10 Minutes (2013), which also screened at Busan and Berlin as well as winning the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema’s top award, and JANG Woo-jin’s A Fresh Start, which took the JJ Star A

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ODE TO MY FATHER Hits 10 Million Admissions

First Film of 2015 to Reach Milestone   JK YOUN’s paternal and nostalgic drama Ode to My Father has exceeded the 10 million admissions point, as anticipated. The film, starring HWANG Jung-min, KIM Yun-jin and OH Dal-su, opened in theaters on December 17th last year, and is still performing well at the box office.   Ode to My Father took second place at the box office on the day of its release, which quickly changed to the top spot the next day. The film kept first place until yesterday, January 15th. According to the Korean Film Council’s Integrated Ticket Sales Network, the film has sold 10.29 million tickets in total to date. It has demonstrated quick growth by hitting a million admissions by the fourth day of its release, then jumping to five million on its 15th day, and reaching 10 million by January 13th.   The film, with its global themes of family and sacrifice, was released in approximately 40 screens in North America. It first opened in Los Angeles on Christmas

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Four More Korean Films Confirmed for Rotterdam

BLACK STONE, CART, A MIDSUMMER’S FANTASIA and SET ME FREE Bring Count to 7 The 44th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is onlyfive days away. Joining the previously announced Alive, Made in China and A Matter of Interpretation are four more Korean films, including a world premiere and an international premiere. Screening for the very first time will be Black Stone, a French-Korean joint production from director ROH Gyeong-tae. The project initially took part in the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)’s Asian Project Market in 2009, as well as the 5th edition of KOFIC’s Ko-Production in Paris in 2012. ROH previously went to Rotterdam with his films The Last Dining Table (2006) and Black Dove (2011). Black Stone, which is ROH’s fourth feature, was invited to the Spectrum lineup. Also in Spectrum will be JANG Kun-jae’s film A Midsummer’s Fantasia, which will be presented as a European premiere. The Japan-Korea co-production d

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Rotterdam Reveals JANG Jin Retrospective

Section Brings Korean Count at IFFR to 19 The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) revealed its full lineup yesterday, ahead of its January 21st opening. Though we were already aware of seven Korean films participating in this years’s 44th edition, we now know that there will also be a 12-film retrospective of noted filmmaker, writer and producer JANG Jin. Originally a playwright and a variety show writer, JANG moved into the filmmaking scene as the writer of 1996’s A Hot Roof, which is included in IFFR’s retrospective. A key and prolific figure of modern Korean cinema, he has directed, produced and written many hit films, most of which incorporate his noted skill for witty dialogue. Of his directorial output, nine titles will be screened in Rotterdam, including Guns and Talk (2001), 2006’s Someone Grateful (a segment of Human rights omnibus If You Were Me 2), Murder, Take One (2005), Righteous Ties (2006), My Son (2007), The Quiz Show Scandal (2010), Romantic Hea

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Rendezvous for IM Chang-jung and Daniel CHOI

Detective Duo Cracks Down on Corrupt Religious Groups     IM Chang-jung and Daniel CHOI, the two leads from Traffickers (2012), are getting together again for a new detective film, Chi-wae Beop-kwon (working title) which translates as extraterritoriality. IM and CHOI were praised for their roles in Traffickers although the film underperformed, and many are waiting to see how they will partner up for the new project.   IM will play a brilliant criminal profiler who is fast with his fist. CHOI will play the perfect detective who seems to have it all, but is more interested in women than capturing suspects. Together, they try to uncover a man named Sung-ki, who is the sheikh of a cult religion.   IM Chang-jung started his acting career in the 90s, but it wasn’t until he released a music album that he became recognized. Soon afterwards, he was respected as a singer and as an actor. Starting with his role in the 1997 film Beat, he built a strong filmography through Sex i

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Black Movie Festival Takes 6 from Korea

Strong Presence at Swiss Indie Fest   The Black Movie – Geneva International Independent Film Festival has programmed six films from South Korea for its upcoming 2015 edition, which kicks off on January 16th. Demonstrating a preference for indie and in particular debut films, the Swiss festival selected 10 Minutes (2013), Alive, A Hard Day, Hill of Freedom, Socialphobia and Wild Flowers.   Fresh from last year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and having their world premieres in Geneva will be the debut works Socialphobia and Wild Flowers. A feature length work from the Graduate Program of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), HONG Seok-jae’s Socialphobia examines the dark side of social media among today’s Korean youth. Meanwhile, PARK Suk-young’s Wild Flowers follows a group of homeless teenagers through their trials and tribulations in Seoul. Also a debut and a premiere from 2013’s BIFF which went on to screen at the Berlinale and win the top prize from the Veso

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