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Korean Film Night Reception Ends Successfully in Berlin

Feb 11, 2015
  • Writerby NA Won-jung
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A Special Photo Exhibition Shows Korean Film Posters

It was a night that placed a spotlight on Korean films in Berlin. Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairman: KIM Sae-hoon) organized and hosted in partnership with the Busan International Film Festival and the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin, a reception to celebrate Korean films. This year, the Korean Film Night reception held during the 65th Berlin Intranational Film Festival was on February 9th at 8pm which finished with a bang.
As the party got started, KOFIC introduced Ode to My Father’s JK YOUN, actress KIM Yun-jin and other directors and actors invited to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. There were about 600 attendees at the party where the event provided a chance to network. KOFIC’s council member KIM Jong-kook, Chairman of Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment KIM Dong-ho, Busan International Film Festival’s Vice Festival Director JEON Yang-jun, and KIM Jae-shin from Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany were there to support the celebration.
Although there weren’t any feature films in competition this year, Korean films were programmed in diverse sections starting with commercial and artistic geared Panorama, experimental films in Forum, food-focused films in Culinary Cinema, and more. In Panorama, JK YOUN’s Ode to My Father was selected while An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma is programmed in Culinary Cinema, Hosanna in Shorts Competition, End of Winter in Forum, and Cancelled Faces in Forum Expanded.
International guests such as Berlin International Film Festival’s programmer for Forum, Christoph Terhechte and Panorama’s Wieland Speck joined the party along with representatives from Venice, Moscow, Cannes, Karlovy Vary and São Paulo International Film Festivals. The attendees had a chance to network, while film buyers showed much interest in the Korean films invited to the festival this year. Bong Joon-ho, who is standing in as a member of the festival’s jury this year came to the reception as well.
With a retro theme, the party blasted music from the 70s to the 90s, and served Korean rice wine, Korean pancakes, Korean barbecue, japchae, ddukbboki and cup noodles for the attendees. The host of the evening, Woody KIM of KOFIC said, “the promotion booth at the European Film Market is being visited by many international film professionals every day...I’m excited to show the poster exhibition that spotlight past Korean films invited to Berlin which are available all around this reception space. I hope it’ll become an inspiration for all of us to look back at the history of Korean cinema.” The Korean promotion booth will be open until the last day of the festival. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will close its 11-day long festivities on February 15th.
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