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Korean Presence 12th Shanghai Int'l Fest

2009/06/12 | 325 views |  | Permalink | Source

The 12th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway June 13 -21 with Korean presence strong throughout including 2 films in competition, and a retrospective on veteran director Im Kwon-taek who will also preside over the 5-member Asian New Talent international jury.

Korean film "Rough Cut" by debut director Jang Hoon competes alongside 15 features in the main international award section for various Jin Jue awards. Jin Jue jury president this year is Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Korean producer OH Jungwan will also serve on this year's jury.

In the Asian New Talent competition section is hit Korean comedy "Scandal Makers" ("Speedy Scandal"), the directing debut by Kang Hyeong-cheol. The international jury, led by IM, will select the best feature and best director for awards worth RMB 150,000 each.

A special retrospective on the master director will include some of IM's most highly regarded works. From his 80s period is Venice-winner "The Surrogate Woman". His classic 1993 hit "Sopyeonje" will screen, as will "Chunhyang" from 2000 and Cannes Director's Prize winner "Chihwaseon" ("Strokes of fire") from 2002.

Rounding out the selection of Korean film is comedy-drama "My Wife Got Married" by director Jeong Yoon-soo. SIFF will hold 1,925 screenings this year, along with over 200 international premieres. The fest is very popular with Chinese audiences who are limited to theatrical releases of only 20 imported films a year.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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