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  • New Gina KIM Film Starts Shooting in NY
  • by Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC) /  Aug 07, 2006
  • Never Forever, a Korean-American co-production by award-winning director Gina KIM (Invisible Light) began shooting July 24th in New York City. The English-language film, is a joint production between Korean based Now Film and US company VOX 3. The film will be shot entirely in New York and a global release date is planned for early 2007. The new feature, which continues KIM's exploration of the issues of woman's relationship to her own body and bodily desires, will star Korean actor HA Jung-woo of The Unforgiven and the yet to be released Time, along with award-winning American actress Vera Farmiga (Down to the Bone, 2004), and Korean-American rising-star David Lee McInnics who had a part in the big-budget Korean film Typhoon. Never Forever presents a love-triangle between American woman Sophie, who is securely married to her Korean-American husband, a successful lawyer, and Jiha, a visiting Korean man, who falls in love with her during a secret exchange. The feature was the recipient of the Korean Film Council 2006 Production Support for Art Films fund, and received US$430,000 to help cover production costs. The film has an estimated budget of US$3 million, and Korea's Prime Entertainment is investing in the movie. Since September 2005, Gina KIM has taught film production and film studies classes at the Department of Visual and Environment Studies (VES), at Harvard University. She was given a financial support US$10,000 from the film study center at Harvard in 2005. Her previous films Invisible Light (2003) and Gina Kim's Video Diary (2002) have shown at Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vancouver, IFP Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Pusan International Film Festivals. Gina KIM received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Seoul National University. She has also taught filmmaking and video art classes at the Korean National University of the Arts and at the Korean University of Foreign Studies. The French film journal, Cahiers du Cinema, has called Invisible Light "the only truly radical discovery in a landscape [of recent Korean cinema]" that depicts "feminine hardness and repressed anger." Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)
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