[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/10/15,
South Korea's largest film festival (BIFF) hopes to put the political woes of last year behind it, KoBiz interviews an audio artist par excellence, Pieces of Work has twenty top suggestions for K-horrors this Halloween, and can you guess which K-horror made Film School Reject's list of the most underrated horrors of this century?,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art 2017/08/27,
A North Korean defector/animator turns tragedy into laughs South of the DMZ, see how one K-artist is drawing inspiration from the country's history of shamanism, Joseon-era royal seals on display after being returned, and see avant garde photographs from Korean artists during the 60s and 70s,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art 2016/06/18,
The Korea Herald features the multitalented Park Chan-kyong, get an insider's take on the Paris Art Fair 2016, discover what's happening with North Korea's art scene, and take a photo tour of Korea with Greg Goodman's stunning photographic storytelling,...More
[France] Seoul Hypnotique, Cycle de Cinema Coreen au Forum des images a Paris 2015/09/12, Source,
Du 15 septembre au 1 novembre 2015
Des pionniers d'hier à la génération d'aujourd'hui, Séoul hypnotique reflète, à travers près de 80 films inédits ou rarement présentés en France, une cinématographie entre tradition et modernité, entre Asie et Occident. Films intimistes et films de genre, mélodrames et thrillers percutants : le cinéma coréen n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !,...More
Korean Wins Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2015/02/17, Source,
Na Young-kil shows off his Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. /AP-Newsis
Na Young-kil won the Golden Bear for the best short film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. He won for "Hosanna", his graduation project at the Korea National University of Arts,...More
Filmmaker Brothers Assemble Bittersweet Homage to Seoul 2014/02/23, Source, Park Chan-kyong (left) and Park Chan-wook
If a city is like food, what could Seoul taste like? To film director brothers Park Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, Seoul is bittersweet. Out of 11,852 video clips of Seoul, the brothers chose 154 cuts and edited them into a 65-minute film promoting the city. The Seoul Metropolitan Government called for video images of Seoul for 100 days from Aug. 20 to Nov. 25 last year, and 6,523 video clips were submitted by Koreans and 5,329 by foreigners. The resulting montage the Park brothers edited and created was unveiled on YouTube last week,...More
[HanCinema's Afterwords] KOFIC Podcast Review - Ep. 5 2014/01/25, In this Episode: Pierce has a chat withfilm critic Jason Bechervaise about six period films coming in 2014…
KOFIC recently launched "Korean Cinema Today", a bimonthly podcast that's all about the wonderful world of Korean cinema. Hosted by Pierce Conran, the show features the latest Korean cinema news, features, discussions, and interviews with special guests from the industry.
In episode 5 Pierce has Korean film critic, journalist and academic Jason Bechervaise in studio to discuss the host of period films coming our way in 2014,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mansin: Ten Thousand Spirits" 2013/11/30,
National Shaman Kim Keum-hwa doesn't engage in parlor tricks that provide easy, obvious, indisputable proof of her abilities. In her very long life, this had led to quite a bit of conflict. Kim Keum-hwa's life has run parallel with that of Korea's modernization, first under Japanese occupation, and then under various Korean dictatorships. None of them have taken this woman particularly seriously, and her mere presence is often enough to provoke violent outbursts from local authorities.
Something I never get about these modern types, the ones who swear adamantly that this is all mere witchcraft and has no place in modern society, is that if these rituals are just nonsense, why do they care whether it happens or not?,...More
DMZ Documentary Festival to Be Held in Mid-October 2013/09/28, Source,
The 5th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will take place for a week from Oct. 17 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The festival, largely non-competitive, will feature 119 documentaries from 38 countries,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Day Trip" and "One Perfect Day" 2013/08/01, "Day Trip" is a sad, melancholy romp through nature as a dispirited girl prepares to practice for traditional Korean ballads. Of the two films in the Kolon Sport set, "Day Trip' is by far the most evocative of the appeal of nature. Most of the film is little more than loving, panoramic views of the Korean mountainside punctuated by the girl's singing. There's very little set-up, but what little there is is interesting thematically. The girl is upset because she has failed in the human world of competitive singing. She openly laments how practicing in an empty mountain doesn't prepare her for the realities of competition in front of people. But all these worries just sort of fade away when she actually gets into the singing,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Korean Film Festival DC Marks 8th Year with Film, Video Art, and Director Na Hong-jin 2012/03/14, Source,
The Korean Film Festival DC, one of the largest showcases of Korean cinema in the United States, kicks off this week at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The 2012 edition of the festival, running throughout March, April, and into May, is spread over two months and combines 12 films, four video art exhibitions, two lecture events, and four post-film discussions with Korean director Na Hong-jin,...More
Yellow Sea and other Korean films win at Sitges 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Korean director NA Hong-Jin Won the Best Director award for "The Yellow Sea" at the recently wrapped Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. One of the world's leading fantastic (i.e., genre) film festivals, the 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia ran Oct. 6 – 16 this year. The festival awarded Best Motion Picture to Red State, directed by Kevin Smith,...More
Asian Film Market closes with record results 2011/10/14, Source,
The 6th Asian Film Market 2011 closed last night after four days at its new venue, the BEXCO (the Busan Exhibition Convention Center). The market combined sales companies and BIFCOM locations and post-production services this year and saw an increase of 113% in exhibitors' booths and 38% more participants than last year,...More
Finecut does a raft of sales in Busan, Mipcom 2011/10/13, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced its recent deals done at the Asian Film Market and Mipcom which include the animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" selling to Portugal, Russia and Indonesia.
Korea's top-grossing domestic feature animation ever, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in 2.2 million admissions at the nationwide box office. The film received special attention at Mipcom where it was selected for a premiere screening at Mipjunior,...More
Busan's Asian Film Market opens at new venue 2011/10/11, Source,
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)'s Asian Film Market opened yesterday for the first time in its new venue at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO). The market has reported a 67% increase in sales booths and a 24% increase in participant registration since last year,...More
Finecut sells Arirang and others at Toronto 2011/09/15, Source,
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced several deals from the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, led by Kim Ki-duk's documentary "ARIRANG - Movie", which is screening in the Real to Reel section.
The maverick director's self-focused documentary "ARIRANG - Movie" sold to Italy (Punto Zero), German-speaking Europe (Rapid Eye Movies), and Poland (New Horizons), following sales to Japan and Taiwan. ARIRANG - Movie previously won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes this May,...More
[Weekender] Filmmaking in the palm of your hand 2011/07/28, Source,
A girl records a video using a smartphone at the Olleh Media Studio in Mok-dong, Seoul, on July 18. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul Learn how to make movies using smartphones By Lee Hyo-won Filmmaking is a costly, time-consuming endeavor involving massive teamwork. But now it is possible to make surprisingly high-quality projects alone in a matter of days with just a few hundred dollars - using smartphones equipped with not only HD cameras but also editing applications,...More
The Current Trends in Korean Cinema at the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival 2011/05/13, Source,
by MAENG Soo-jin (Programmer, JIFF)
If there is phrase that seems to have been decorating various press coverage related to the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) held from April 28th to May 6th, it will be 'leaps and bounds in Korean Cinema'. In fact, there never has been a year that the JIFF has taken particular interest and care in the local film industry as this year. And to prove that it truly has taken leaps and bounds, 57 of the total of 190 films to be screened at this year's festival are Korean films,...More
[KoreaToday] Smartphones democratize cinema 2011/02/23, Source,
Director Lee Joon-ik poses for his iPhone camera at Lotte Cinema Konkuk University, Seoul, Monday. The cineaste met with The Korea Times to speak about chairing the jury for the Olleh Lotte Smartphone Film Festival, the country's first event inviting non-filmmakers to submit short films shot with cellular phones. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
Filmmaking in the palm of your hand
By Lee Hyo-won
On Saturday, the Park brothers, Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong, picked up the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for a 30-minute movie shot with an iPhone 4. On Monday, a local film festival handed out prizes to 14-year-olds for their smartphone creations. On Tuesday, the Jeonju International Film Festival announced that it will release a new selection for cell phone-produced works,...More
Park brothers' Short Film Wins Golden Award at Berlinale 2011/02/22, by Berlin/KIM Hong-chun (KOFIC International Promotion Center – East Europe Manager) / Feb 20, 2011
Brother-directors Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong - or the 'Parking Chance' collaboration – posed with their Golden Bear Award of the International Short Film Jury for their film "Night Fishing" during the awards ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival, February 19, 2011. In addition the Silver Bear in the Shorts section also went to a Korean film, "Broken Night" from emerging film director Yang Hyo-Joo,...More
Korean shorts win awards 2011/02/21, Source,
Director Park Chan-kyong poses with his Golden Bear award of the International Short Film Jury for his film "Night Fishing", co-directed by Park Chan-wook, during the awards ceremony at the 61st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Feb. 19. / Reuters-Yonhap
By Chung Ah-young
Korean film director Park Chan-wook's latest short film "Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)" in collaboration with his brother Chan-kyong, won the Gold Bear for Best Short Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday,...More
Korean Presence at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2011/01/26, Source, The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) describes itself as offering "a quality selection of independent, innovative and experimental cinema, video and media art". Celebrating its 40th edition this year, IFFR will run January 26-February 6.
Rotterdam's Bright Future section, featuring "first or second films by filmmakers from whom the festival expects a lot in the future" is comprised of 80 titles selected from 38 countries this year,...More
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