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Rotterdam’s Spectrum takes three Korean films
Jan 10, 2012
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced its line-up to include three more Korean films in addition to the previously announced <A Fish>, the Tiger Awards Competition’s first 3D film. The film by PARK Hong-min will be joined by ROH Gyeong-tae’s <Black Dove>, KIM Kyung-mook’s <Stateless Things> and HONG Sang-soo’s <The Day He Arrives>. The latter three films will be in the festival’s Spectrum section.
IFFR’s main Spectrumsection “keeps tabs on global cinema screening recent highlights from the international festival circuit and other impressive and contemporary works”. The section will show72 features and documentaries from 32 countries.Eight of these films were supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund .
Centering on the guilty aftermath of a fatal car accident, director Roh Gyeong-tae’s <Black Dove> will be making its international premiere at Rotterdam. The filmmade its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival last year. Roh made his feature debut with <The Last Dining Table> (2006) which won the NETPAC Award at Busan and travelled to several festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam and Locarno. His second film <Land of Scarecrows> (2008) won the New Currents Award in Busan and also went to the Berlin film festival amongst others.
Director Kim Kyung-mook’s <Stateless Things> is about two “stateless” young men in Seoul – one an illegal North Korean immigrant and the other a kept man to a married, in-the-closet man.The film made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Orrizonti competition last year and has travelled to several festivals since. <Stateless Things> was a beneficiary of the Korean Film Council(KOFIC) Independent Film Production Support fundand Diversity Film Distribution Support program.
A quintessential Hong Sang-soo film, <The Day He Arrives> works with different versions of a director’s visit to Seoul and the interactions he has with the people he meets. The film made its world premiere in the Cannes film festival’s Un Certain Regard section last year and also screened at several other festivals including Busan and the BFI fest.
Rotterdam’s CineMart project market also selected Korean director JANG Cheol-soo’s <Service for People>. Set in North Korea, the project is based on a controversial Chinese novel about the young wife of an impotent army general who seduces the soldier assigned to do domestic chores at their house.
Jan. 10, 2012