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Florence Korean Film Fest to Stage HA Jung-woo Retrospective and Masterclass

Mar 19, 2018
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THE FORTRESS and ROOM NO.7 to Bookend Italian Festival

The 16th Florence Korean Film Fest will open its doors on March 22 and screen 25 features and several shorts until it concludes on March 30. This year’s edition will also include a retrospective on films featuring popular star HA Jung-woo.

HWANG Dong-hyuk will visit Italy with his period film The Fortress (2017), which will be this year’s opening film. LEE Yong-seung’s Room No.7 (2017), the opening film of last year’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), will then serve as the closing film in Florence, also in the presence of the director.

HA Jung-woo will visit Florence to take part in a masterclass while the festival will screen six of his films, including KIM Byung-woo’s thriller The Terror, LIVE (2013), NA Hong-jin’s serial killer drama The Chaser (2008), LEE Yoon-ki’s romantic drama My Dear Enemy (2008), KIM Ki-duk’s index drama Time (2006), PARK Chan-wook’s erotic thriller The Handmaiden (2016), KIM Yong-hwa’s epic fantasy Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), which the director will also be present for, and HA’s own directorial outing Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2015).

The festival will also feature a focus on films that concern North Korean, called ‘K-South & North’. The sidebar includes KIM Sung-hoon’s box office hit Confidential Assignment (2017), IM Heung-soon’s documentary Ryeohaeng (2017), MOON Hyun-sung’s table tennis drama As One (2012), WON Shin-yun’s spy thriller The Suspect (2013) and JUHN Jai-hong’s indie drama Poongsan (2011).

Other films with directors present will include JUNG Byung-gil’s action drama The Villainess (2017), SHIN Su-won’s fantasy drama Glass Garden (2017) and HUH Jung’s horror The Mimic (2017). The rest of the program features two films by Hong Sangsoo, The Day After (2017) and Claire's Camera, and JANG Hun’s political drama A Taxi Driver (2017), among others.
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