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6th Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival

2007/06/26 | 532 views |  | Permalink | Source

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Opening June 27th at Yongsan CGV in central Seoul, the 6th edition of the Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival (MGFF) will run until July 3rd, screening over 60 short films. This year's slogan is "Beyond the Barrier of Genres", the event will celebrate films that challenge conventional genres.

MGFF began six years ago when a group of young directors collaborated on a festival that would support emerging cinematic talent. This year 10 of Korea's top directors joined hands to curate and program the festival. Known both at home and internationally, they are Kim Seong-su ("Musa", "Please Teach Me English"), Heo Jin-ho ("Christmas in August"), Kim Jee-woon ("A Bittersweet Life"), OH Seung-wook (Kilimanjaro), Lee Jae-yong ("Untold Scandal"), Kim Dae-seung ("Blood Rain"), Bong Joon-ho ("The Host"), Jang Joon-hwan ("Save the Green Planet"), Ryoo Seung-wan ("The City of Violence"), and Song Hae-seong ("Failan"). Directors Lee Hyun-seung ("Il Mare") and Park Chan-wook ("Vengeance" trilogy) head the committee as chair and vice-chair respectively.

The films will be divided in several categories including: 'City of Sadness', 'Short Films about Love', 'King of Comedy', 'Extreme Nightmare' and '40,000 Blows'. Along with Korean and international shorts, audiences can enjoy a nostalgic trip through the "Seoul Short Film Festival" Retrospective, which presents award-winning shorts from the aforementioned festival which ended a decade ago.

Those in New York will also have a chance to sample MGFF. The festival has partnered up with the New York Asian Film Festival and will screen award-winners from last year's MGFF at the NY event, taking place until July 8th. The MGFF website is at Open the link.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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