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Meet Directors in Seoul Theaters

2010/01/13 | 515 views | Permalink | Source

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

This weekend in Seoul, movie buffs can re-watch a handful of contemporary classics of Korean cinema on the big screen and meet directors: Hong Sang-soo and Song Il-gon.

The Korean Film Archive is hosting a retrospective of 10 films by the minimal realist Hong through Jan. 24 at Cinematheque KOFA, Sangam-dong, Seoul, while "The Magicians", by artsy experimentalist Song, will reopen Sunday in Daehango.

Hong has established an international reputation as a unique minimalist with video journal-style movies reminiscent of the late Eric Rohmer. The retrospective lineup includes his 1996 directorial debut piece, "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well", to his latest works ― "Like You Know It All" and the short "Lost in the Mountains".

Following Sunday's 4:30 p.m. screening of "Night and Day", which competed at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, Hong will join the audience. He will give a special talk with film critic Huh Moon-young, director of Cinematheque Busan, who produced "Night and Day".

Two of 10 films will be shown with English subtitles: "On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate" (2 p.m., Jan. 16; 5 p.m., Jan. 21) and "Woman is the Future of Man" (8 p.m., Jan. 19; 5 p.m., Jan. 23).

Admissions to all screenings and events are free of charge. Cinematheque KOFA (Open the link) is located near exit 2 of Digital Media City Station on subway line 6. Take bus No. 7711 or 7730 to Nuriggum (Nuri Dream) Square.

A digitally re-mastered version of Song Il-gon's 2006 film "The Magicians" will be screened beginning Sunday at Changjo Art Hall, Daehangno.

While traveling the international film festival circuit, from Busan and Jeonju to Locarno, Italy and New York, "The Magicians" has received rave reviews from critics and general audiences alike. It was also noted as the first digitally distributed film via CGV Theaters.

The film has also made headlines as a single-take film, its entire 96-minute running time having been filmed in one take, one cut. Featuring strong theatrical and musical aspects, including tango tunes and indie rock music, "The Magicians" was produced into a musical franchise last October and is currently being staged at the same venue. It will be a great chance to compare the two versions.

The psychodrama feeds on Song's trademark themes of healing and redemption, as it captures a New Year's Eve reunion of three old friends who used to be in a band together.

There will be screenings at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Mondays, following an 8 p.m. movie screening, the director will join the audience for lectures and other special events. Call (02) 747-7001 for more information.

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