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"Varanasi" and "My Way" to go to Berlin Panorama

2012/01/04 | Permalink | Source

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has announced early selections for the Panorama section to include two Korean films - Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi" and Kang Je-gyu's "My Way".

Shot on location in India and Korea, "From Seoul to Varanasi" follows a married Korean woman who falls in love with a young Arabicman who gets involved in a suicide bombing. The film made its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, but it is understood that it has been re-edited for Berlin.Jeon Kyu-hwan's previous "Town series" about contemporary urban lives in South Koreaincludes "Dance Town" which was also in the Berlinale Panorama. "From Seoul to Varanasi" was produced by CHOI Mi-ae at their production company Treefilm.
 
Kang Je-gyu's big-budget World War II film "My Way" stars Jang Dong-gun as a Korean marathoner drafted into the Japanese army during his country's colonization. Joe Odagiri plays his longtime Japanese rival who becomes an officer in the army. Their fates take them from battles in China to a labor camp in Russia to a battle with the Germans and eventually the beaches of Normandy where they are found on the Allied forces' D-Day invasion.CJ E&M released the "My Way" in South Korea on Dec. 21, 2011 and it is due to open in Japan on January 14.
 
The Berlinale stated, "After scouting extensively for films all around the world as well as viewing a major portion of the films sent to Berlin, a good third of the Panorama's feature film programme has been selected. Out of a tremendous range of films numbering in the thousands, 20 titles are now certain. The Panorama section with its Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series will screen some 50 films in all".
 
Other titles in the Panorama's early selection include Penek RATANARUANG's "Headshot", Volker Schlöndorff's "Calm at Sea", and the Taiwanese omnibus "10+10" by directors including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Sylvia Chang andWei Te-Sheng.
 
The complete Panorama program will be announced by the end of January. The 62nd Berlinale will be held Feb. 7 – 14, 2012.

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