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11 Korean Films Invited to Vancouver

Sep 07, 2015
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Old & New Compete in Dragons & Tigers

The 34th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) announced its full lineup last week, which will include 11 Korean films, 10 of which will screen in the ‘Dragons & Tigers’ sidebar, curated by Asian film critic Tony Rayns.
Among the independent films screening in ‘Dragons & Tigers’ will be AHN Gooc-jin’s Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) feature project Alice in Earnestland, following a strong limited run in Korea and its Best Korean Film prize from the Jeonju International Film Festival (awarded by a jury that included Rayns), LEE Kwang-kuk’s sophomore feature A Matter of Interpretation, Korea-Japan project A Midsummer’s Fantasia from JANG Kun-jae (who won the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema with his debut Eighteen in 2009), ZHANG Lu’s four-chapter Love and…, HONG Sang-soo’s Right Now, Wrong Then (fresh from its Golden Leopard win at the Locarno International Film Festival), and PARK Kiyong’s documentary Yanji.
Well-regarded commercial fare such as LEE Won-suk’s period drama The Royal Tailor, KWAK Kyung-taek's kidnap thriller The Classified File and KIM Gwang-tae’s Brothers Grimm update The Piper will also feature in the section. KIM Na-kyung’s short Greed: Ghost Light is also on the docket, while Benjamin Naishtat’s El Movimiento, an Argentina-Korea co-production that was one of this year’s Jeonju Cinema Projects, will screen in the ‘Cinema of Our Time’ section.
This year’s VIFF will take place over September 24th to October 9th.
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