Each year the festival shines the spotlight on one particular country in order to illuminate its range of cinematic treasures. Though still a stranger to the multiplexes and only an occasional visitor to arthouses, South Korean cinema is (and has been for decades) a staple in film festivals around the world. And while what we get here in the States tends toward the outrageous (The Host; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; I Saw the Devil), the industry is wildly diverse. Im Kwon-taek has been making beautifully poetic films since the early 1960s (we’ll be screening 1993’s Seopyonje); Kim Ki-duk was recognized as the enfant terrible of the Korean New Wave until he hit a creative block—Arirang is his self-reflective return. Hong Sang-soo, the newest and youngest hit on the festival circuit, churns out two to three films a year. His 2010 film Ha Ha Ha won the top prize of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last year; we’ll be showing his 2011 film, The Day He Arrives. Also, screening for the first time stateside, is the complete Town Trilogy by Jeon Kyu-hwan.
Denver Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council
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