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8th Korean Film Festival in Frankfurt Screens 15 Features
Oct 28, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
KWON Man-ki and PARK Nu-ri Joined Festivities in Germany
The Korean Film Festival in Frankfurt kicked off its 8th edition in Germany this month with a screening of BONG Joon-ho’s hit new film PARASITE, which served as the event’s opening film. The festival also screened two other BONG Joon-ho classics over the weekend, 2003’s Memories of Murder and Mother (2009). In total, 15 Korean film were screened in Frankfurt this year.
A pair of new Korean films travelled to Germany with their directors this year, the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) Clean Up, a New Currents competition at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) last year from director KWON Man-ki, and the hit financial thriller Money, from debuting director PARK Nu-ri and featuring young superstar RYU Jun-yeol. Money also served as the closing film this year on October 27.
The rest of the lineup was broken down into two sections: ‘Art Film’ and ‘Blockbuster’. The former consisted of KIM Bora’s award-winning indie debut House of Hummingbird, the affair drama Another Child from actor-turned-director KIM Yun-seok, YU Eun-jeong’s horror-drama Ghost Walk (2018), JOE Min-ho’s period protest drama A Resistance, and The House of Us, the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker YOON Ga-eun.
The ‘Blockbuster’ section comprised of the Cannes Midnight Screenings selection The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, from director LEE Won-tae, EOM Yuna’s period drama MAL·MO·E: The Secret Mission, KANG Hyo-jin’s high concept comedy The Dude in Me, JUNG Yong-ju’s fantasy drama Spring, Again, and LEE Byoung-heon’s crime comedy sensation Extreme Job.