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Mozart Town (모차르트 타운)

모차르트 타운 (Mo-cha-reu-teu Ta-woon)

Directed by Jeon Kyu-hwan (전규환)


90min | Release date in South Korea :

Mozart Town should be Salzburg, but in this film it happens to be the capital of South Korea, Seoul. In the title, "Town" has more significance than Mozart, because the film is foremost about the city, and the interwoven lives of its denizens.
Young director Jeon Kyu-hwani's debut work is certainly his own unique vision. It's not a big-budget masterpiece done with expensive equipment, but instead offers a taste of the Korean film world, where glamour and major studios don't yet play a big role. What we can say of this film is that for the sake of keeping the city stories authentic, the actors are all amateurs.
One remarkably straightforward character is Ji-Won, who runs a small newspaper stand and whose hobby is to secretly photograph passersby. Also in town is the pianist Sara from Slovakia and the Africans Etoo and Ayo, who are engaged in earning illegal money.
The people of Mozart Town are rather sad and lonely, seeking their places in the world. But will they ever find them? In filming them, Jeon Kyu- Hwan has used simple methods which bring the sad notes of the city to the fore.

Kaarel Kuurmaa


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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Mozart Town": A Daring and Dreamy Debut

    In the Spotlight this Week: Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town": Life in a metropolis can be unforgiving and cruel. The buildings are imposing and the diversity of being is impressive, if not uncomfortably humbling; and it becomes all too easy, perhaps even necessary, to go about one's business bearing blinders and minding your own matters. But collisions are inevitable, uncomfortable and random, and sometimes--if the conditions are just right--multiple lives merge and travel together for a time, only to eventually fork off out into the cityscape. Enter "Mozart Town", a discerning debut that poetically peels back the concrete curtains of big city life to reveal, for better or worse, life under the log. These 'Humans of Seoul' that are found wriggling, are put under Jeon's lens and followed, their dreary existence exposed, and their flaws magnified under the leering light of cinematic attention and focus,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] Jeon Kyu-hwan's "Mozart Town"

    Before Jeon Kyu-hwan braved the director's chair he was but a humble talent manager behind the scenes. It was only when this crafty storyteller found funding for his stunning debut "Mozart Town" that Korean cinema realised they had a promising new auteur breaking out through the backdoor. The film's 90 minutes are raw and grinding, but skilfully guided by a soft and subtle poetry that is as captivating as it is cruel. Already Jeon has followed up this fantastic first feature with five others (with another soon to arrive), but it was his efforts here in "Mozart Town" (the first of three "Town" films he's made) that cinephiles were pleasantly introduced to Jeon's eclectic style and stance. Enjoy! [SPOILERS],...More
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  • Art and Culture

    2012/08/07, Source,
    And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with Michelle Kim. Today, she begins with her continuing coverage of a Korean film series in London highlighting a different director each month, so let's go to her for more. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's happening in London,...More
  • Movie "The Weight" invited to Venice

    2012/07/24, Source,
    Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's fifth movie "The Weight' has been invited to the 69th Venice Film Festival, Venice Day's category. According to foreign distributors Hwain Cut, Venice Days is a section where worldwide directors hope to be placed.,...More
  • Feature profile - From Seoul to Varanasi

    2012/02/10, Source,
    Set for an international premiere in the Berlinale Panorama section, director Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" has been re-edited since its world premiere in Busan. Kim Seong-hoon met with Jeon's producer CHOI Mi-Ae to talk about their work together and profile the film. - Photograph by CHOI Sung-yeol Treefilm, the production company of upcoming Berlinale Panorama film "From Seoul to Varanasi", was founded by producer CHOI Mi-Ae and director Jeon Kyu-hwan. Together they made the "Town Trilogy" of "Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010) which travelled to numerous international film festivals including San Sebastian, Hong Kong and Torino. They are now in production for Jeon's next film entitled "Moogae" in Korean, meaning "weight",...More
  • Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today at the MoMA

    2011/09/16, Source,
    Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today will start on Sept. 22 and last through Oct. 2. This year, we are pleased to welcome back Lim Soon-rye, South Korea's most highly regarded female filmmaker, to The Korea Society for the Opening Night's screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" (2010), which follows a young man's forlorn life as a failed poet and unemployed bachelor who winds up taking an unexpected journey throughout the country with his father's cvherished bull and making a series of peculiar run-ins. This year's Yeonghwa series will also have a special focus on director Jeon Kyu-hwan, whose Town Trilogy films--"Mozart Town" (2008), "Animal Town" (2009) and "Dance Town" (2010)-examines various human lives that exist in Seoul's urban landscape, including those of an African laborer, a Russian exchange student, a reformed pedophile, a North Korean defector, and a dejected print-shop owner. Jeon's Town Trilogy critiques the "town" of Seoul from a sociological auteur's perspective,...More
  • Korean movie opening today 2011/09/15 in Korea

    2011/09/15, Source,
    Korean movie opening today 2011/09/15 in Korea "Mozart Town",...More
  • Trailer released for the Korean movie "Mozart Town"

    2011/09/15, Source,
    Trailer released for the Korean movie "Mozart Town",...More
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    2011/08/26, Source,
    Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "Mozart Town",...More
  • Upcoming Korean movie "Mozart Town"

    2011/08/19, Source,
    Added the upcoming Korean movie "Mozart Town"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
  • Korean Indie-feature 'Animal Town' to Compete at San Sebastian

    2009/08/14, Source,
    Director Jeon Kyu-hwan's second film "Animal Town" is to premiere at Spain's San,...More

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