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AFTER MY DEATH to Compete at Fribourg Film Festival
Mar 12, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
A TAXI DRIVER and THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND also Invited to Switzerland
The Fribourg International Film Festival returns for its 32nd edition on March 16 and throughout its eight days the festival will once again feature several Korean films, including After My Death (2017) in competition and the big budget commercial titles A Taxi Driver (2017) and The Battleship Island (2017) in sidebar programs.
After winning the New Currents Award from the Busan International Film Festival last October, KIM Ui-suk’s debut film After My Death will have its international premiere in the competitive section of this year’s FIFF. The film follows the aftermath of a high school girl’s suicide, when people begin to wonder whether a friend of her may have had a hand in her death.
The festival generally includes one Korean film in its international competition each year and several of these have gone on to win the festival’s top prize, the Regard d’Or, including JEON Soo-il’s The Bird Who Stops In The Air (2002), PARK Ki-yong’s Camel(s) (2002), LEE Chang-dong’s Poetry (2010) in 2011 and most recently LEE Su-jin’s Han Gong-ju, which triumphed in 2014. Other recent Korean competitors have included HEO Jong-ho’s Countdown (2011) in 2012, JANG Kun-jae’s Sleepless Night in 2013, July JUNG’s A Girl at My Door in 2014, SHIN Su-won’s Madonna (2015) the year after that and LEE Kyoung-mi’s The Truth Beneath (2016) last year.
From the Korean commercial sector this year, FIFF will be screening RYOO Seung-wan’s The Battleship Island in its midnight lineup. The WWII-set action-drama is also invited to the festival’s ‘Genre Cinema’ sidebar, which this year focuses on biographical pictures. In addition, that section will include JANG Hun’s A Taxi Driver, which focuses on a German reporter and the Seoul taxi driver who drove him down to cover the protests in Gwangju in May 1980.