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PARK Chan-kyong’s MANSHIN to Open DMZ Docs
Sep 26, 2013
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Documentary Festival to Take Place October 17-23
The DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival is staging its fifth edition next month, the first that will take place in its new permanent hub of Goyang, a suburb of Seoul. This year’s opening film will be Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits. The PARK Chan-kyong film will be the first Korean production to open the festival.
Along with his brother, revered filmmaker PARK Chan-wook, PARK has recently made a number of shorts, including Night Fishing, which picked up the Short Film Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. The siblings also made Day Trip, starring SONG Kang-ho, and are currently working on Seoul, Our Movie. PARK first ventured into feature filmmaking with Anyang, Paradise City, which was invited to the Rotterdam and Fukuoaka International Film Festivals in 2011.
Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits stars MOON So-ri as KIM Geum-hwa, a woman whose life takes place during Korea’s difficult contemporary history. KIM was a shaman who also became the head of her family, which left North Korea during the Korean War of 1950-53.
According the DMZ Docs director CHO Jae-hyun, the festival wanted to pick a local film this year that could commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the war. In total, 119 films from 38 countries will screen during this year’s DMZ Docs, which will take place over October 17-23.