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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JK YOUN’s ODE TO MY FATHER Invited to 65th Berlinale

Korean “Modern History” and “National Trauma” to Be Introduced in Panorama Announced on December 16th, the Berlin International Film Festival confirmed 19 films for its Panorama section. Eleven features and eight documentaries were invited, and out of the features, JK YOUN’s most recent epic Ode to My Father made the cut. Labeled by Panorama Head Wieland Speck as Korean ‘modern history’ and ‘national trauma’, Ode to My Father takes a journey through the life of a single man who lives through major contemporary Korean history milestones. From the hardships of the Korean War, to working in Germany’s grim coal mines, to the Vietnam War, the man struggles to support his family despite all his hurdles. Relying on the strong attachment of Korean society towards family ties and the unfortunate fate of the breadwinner, YOUN draws out local tastes while focusing on the universal language of love and loyalty. With strong star casting that includes HWANG Jung-min (A Good Lawyer’s Wife [200

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SEOUL SEARCHING to Debut in Sundance Premieres Lineup

80s Seoul Summer Camp Comedy Is US-Korea-China Co-Production Award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Benson LEE’s new film Seoul Searching will have its debut at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, as part of its Premieres lineup. A comedy set in a Seoul summer camp in the 1980s, the film marks LEE’s second invitation to the Park City fest. Three Korean teenagers living in the US, Mexico and Germany travel to Seoul for a special summer camp devised by the Korean government for foreign born nationals in Seoul Searching, a coming of age comedy based on real events from 1986. The film stars Justin CHON, Jessika VAN, CHA In-pyo and Crystal KAY. Seoul Searching is an American-Korean-Chinese co-production that was filmed in English on location in Korea. The project availed of the Korean Film Council’s location incentive program and was produced by US outfits Bowery Hills Entertainment and Mondo Paradiso Films while China’s Wonder Vision served as an investor. The USD 2.2 milli

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Best Actor for ALIVE’s PARK Jung-bum in Mar Del Plata

Indie Drama Also Picks Up Obra Cine Award PARK Jung-bum has been awarded the Silver Astor for Best Actor at Argentina’s Mar Del Plata International Film Festival for his role in Alive, which he also directed. Beyond the official awards, PARK’s film also picked up the Obra Cine Award for best first or second feature. Meanwhile, the Golden Astor for Best Film was awarded to the Turkey-France-Germany co-production Come to My Voice by Hüseyin Karabey. Following his sensational debut The Journals of Musan (2011), which picked up numerous awards around the world, PARK made his sophomore film Alive as one of the first feature length Jeonju Digital Projects which were presented at this year’s Jeonju International Film Festival. Subsequently, PARK’s three hour drama has been in high demand on the festival circuit, screening at the Toronto, Busan, Vancouver, Locarno and Singapore International Film Festivals among others. Alive takes place in the mountainous Gangwon Province of Kor

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