By Lee Hyo-won
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.