Three South Korean features were invited to screen at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). The festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become the most prominent film event in Eastern Europe. It runs July 4 – 12 in the picturesque city of its namesake, also known as Carlsbad, in the Czech Republic.
This year, KVIFF's Horizons section will screen "Night and Day"
by one of Korea's art house and festival favorites, director Hong Sang-soo
. His latest feature had its premiere in competition at the 58th Berlinale in February. It is HONG's first HD feature and also the first to be shot outside of Korea, mainly in Paris.
In KVIFF's experimental section 'Another View', screens director Jeon Soo-il
's "With a Girl of Black Soil
", a minimalist but moving portrait of a young girl struggling with a hard-drinking father and mentally handicapped brother. It had its premiere at Venice in 2007 and has traveled on to many other festivals including Edinburgh and Hong Kong.
KVIFF's Forum of Independents will present the international premiere of Kim Byeong-woo
's intense, self-reflexive sophomore feature "WRITTEN"
, which had its world premiere at the 12th Pusan last year. The low-budget HD film is a visually striking and multi-layered meditation on the filmmaking process.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)