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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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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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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A GIRL AT MY DOOR and HAEMOO Invited to Palm Springs IFF

First Major Fest Invites for Korean Films in 2015 One of the earliest events on the film festival calendar, the Palm Springs International Film Festival will kick off its 26th edition on January 2nd. As with previous years, Korean cinema will be on the menu, with July JUNG’s A Girl at My Door and SHIM Sung-bo’s Haemoo bearing the flag for Korean films on the international stage in early 2015. Following its debut in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the drama A Girl at My Door, starring BAE Doo-na and KIM Sae-ron, and produced by brothers LEE Chang-dong and LEE Joon-dong, has been invited to a number of international events, such as the Toronton and Busan International Film Festivals, also winning the award for Best First Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival. In addition, JUNG’s debut film secured distribution in a clutch of key markets, including France and the UK. A Girl at My Door will screen in the ‘World Cinema Now’ section. &nbs

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HILL OF FREEDOM Makes New Yorker End of Year List

Deemed One of 10 Best Undistributed Films of 2014 Richard Brody, who runs the Front Row column on newyorker.com, has listed HONG Sangsoo’s latest work Hill of Freedom in his annual rundown on the best films of the year. While not released in North American theaters this year, Brody ranked the film among his 10 favorite undistributed films of 2014. Following its premiere in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice International Film Festival, Hill of Freedom has exhibited a similar popularity on the festival circuits as HONG’s recent works, garnering invitations to the Toronto, Busan, Vancouver, New York and BFI London Film Festivals, among others. The film features Japanese star KASE Ryo as man who travels to Seoul to reconnect with an old flame. While he waits for a response to his letters, he meets many people including a cafe owner play by MOON So-ri. The film was listed along with new works by Spike LEE (Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) and TSAI Ming-liang (Journey to t

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1st Asean Film Festival Ends in Success

Ten Southeast Asian Countries Represented The very first Asean Film Festival, founded in accordance with the Asean-ROK Commemorative Summit, was held from November 27th until December 4th. Sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Busan International Film Festival, the event was held at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. The works included hailed from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines in addition to other countries. The event opened with Teddy SOERIAATMADJA’s Maida’s House from Indonesia and closed with The Missing Picture, a Cambodian film from Rithy Panh which was invited to the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Although the event was a small one, it gave a rare opportunity for both Korean audiences to experience new contents, and for international residents to watch films from home. The screenings were followed by talk with filmmakers or film related representatives. All

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