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'A Good Lawyer's Wife' to hit Sundance festival

2003/11/29 Source

The Korean film "A Good Lawyer's Wife" was invited to the Sundance Film Festival scheduled to raise its curtain Jan. 15 in Park City, Utah. Directed by Im Sang-soo and starring Moon So-ri, the darkly humorous film will be screened in the non-competitive World Cinema section.

"A Good Lawyer's Wife" competed at the Venice Film Festival in September and has since made the rounds of small and large film festivals around Europe, picking up the best director award in Flanders, Belgium, the critics' award in Bergen, Norway, and the best actress award in Stockholm, Sweden.

The film, in which Moon plays a former dancer who gets even with her philandering husband by having an affair with a high school student, is a scathing look at the breakdown of upper middle class mores in Korea. It was released here Aug. 14 and fared well at the box office, attracting about 1.75 million viewers.

The Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by actor Robert Redford and is named after his role in the 1969 classic "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". The festival is primarily aimed at drawing attention to American films made outside the Hollywood system.

Sundance has shown an interest in Korean films with an independent spirit, from the cannibalism of "301, 302" in 1996, to the stylized noir of "Nowhere To Hide" in 2000, to the sexual cruelty of "The Isle" in 2001.

By Kim Jin

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